You had refractive corneal surgery to help improve your vision. This surgery uses a laser to reshape your cornea. It corrects mild-to-moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. You will be less dependent on glasses or contact lenses after the surgery. Sometimes, you will no longer need glasses.
Your surgery most likely took less than 30 minutes. You may have had the surgery in both eyes.
You may have a shield over your eye when you go home after surgery. This will keep you from rubbing or putting pressure on your eye. It will also protect your eye from being hit or poked.
After surgery, you may have:
For 1 to 6 months after surgery, you may:
You will probably see your doctor 1 or 2 days after surgery. Your doctor will tell you what steps to take as you recover, such as:
Your doctor will give you eye drops to help prevent infection and reduce inflammation and soreness.
You will need to take care of your eyes:
Call your doctor if you have:
Nearsightedness surgery - discharge; Refractive surgery - discharge; LASIK - discharge; PRK - discharge
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Updated by: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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