Patients who choose to undergo LASIK eye surgery look forward to the days after surgery when they will finally be able to see clearly without the assistance of prescription lenses. They may even experience correction to 20/20 vision or better, which is exciting for anyone who has ever relied on vision assistance. After a LASIK eye surgery procedure, the patient must follow doctor’s orders in regard to eye care, activity limitations and follow up visits to help ensure their procedure is a success and to keep LASIK recovery time to a minimum.

What can I expect immediately after my LASIK eye surgery procedure?

Following your procedure, you can expect to experience some discomfort in the eye area. Patients may experience the following symptoms:

  • Mild pain.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Burning or itchiness in the eye.
  • A feeling that something is in the eye.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Watery eyes.
  • The desire to rub your eyes. (Don’t!)

We can’t stress enough how important it is to avoid rubbing of the eyes. Doing so could impair healing of the eye and dislodge the corneal flap that was excised during the procedure. Your doctor can prescribe medicated drops and other pain relievers to help make you more comfortable.

He or she will also provide you with an eye shield to wear over the eye to protect the cornea and aid healing. You will also be required to schedule a series of follow up visits to monitor your vision and healing progress.

Under what circumstances should I call my doctor after surgery?

Dr. Cary Silverman and the EyeCare20/20 team encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns following your LASIK eye surgery. While some discomfort (as noted above) is typical, contact us immediately if you experience:

Are there any “Dos and Don’ts” that I should abide by during my LASIK eye surgery recovery time?

Yes. The following list provides helpful guidelines regarding precautions you should take during your LASIK recovery period. Review this list with your doctor to make sure the guidelines apply to your individual situation:

  • DO wear your eye shield/s for a minimum of 4 nights.
  • DO use medicated eye drops as prescribed by your doctor.
  • DO be diligent about attending follow up visits.
  • DO contact your doctor if you experience any new, unusual or worsening symptoms.
  • DO expect that it may take 3 to 6 months for vision to stabilize and symptoms to subside.


  • DON’T rub your eyes.
  • DON’T insert contact lenses in your eyes.
  • DON’T use lotions, creams, or makeup around your eyes without doctor approval.
  • DON’T participate in any contact sports for a minimum of 4 weeks without eye protection.
  • DON’T go swimming or use a hot tub or whirlpool for a minimum of 3 weeks.

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If you would like to learn more about LASIK eye surgery call us today at (973) 560-1500 to schedule a free consultation or fill out the quick contact form on the left. We will get back to you as soon as possible because helping patients is our #1 priority.

Information from the FDA about LASIK: