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A Quick Painless Recovery: Dealing with Discomfort After Laser Eye Surgery

You may believe that some level of pain during recovery is an unavoidable component of any standard surgical procedure. While this is true, Laser Eye Surgery is far from a routine procedure.

Laser Eye Surgery is so brief and minimally invasive that, aside from the new improved and glasses-free vision, there is little evidence that it ever occurred.

Patients may experience the closest thing to pain following treatment in the form of very mild discomfort for the first few hours. Your eyes may feel a little watery or stingy, but in the vast majority of cases, this sensation is barely noticeable and resolves quickly, not to mention that it is easily managed with the provided eye drops.

It’s worth noting that, while pain or soreness is uncommon following laser eye surgery, PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision, or ReLEx SMILE, patients frequently experience discomfort following the more traditional PRK/LASEK procedure.

The End of Reading Glasses: Recovery and Adaptation to PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision

Due to the unique way PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision works in comparison to other laser treatments, the recovery process is also unique.

The precise duration of recovery following PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision varies by individual. It is entirely dependent on your brain’s ability to adapt to the new way of seeing.

Blended Vision is fundamentally different from monovision in that it does not focus the eye on two distinct focal points but rather creates a smoother and deeper ‘blend zone.’ This is critical because the more natural your field of vision is, the more quickly your brain adapts to your new way of seeing.

As a result, the vast majority of patients adjust to their new vision in a matter of weeks. This is especially true if you have undergone a thorough screening process and have been determined to be fully suitable for treatment. This is highly likely, as 98 percent of people tolerate PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision, while only 60% tolerate monovision.

Although it is uncommon, some patients may notice that their distant or near eyesight is off. However, this visual disorientation is easily corrected with a simple pair of temporary spectacles. The usage of these ‘balanced glasses’ will have no effect on your recuperation, and you don’t have to worry about wearing them for an extended period of time.

This sensation progressively diminishes over time – on average, adaption to PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision takes between six and nine months, and very rarely, twelve months. It takes a bit longer for some folks and a little longer for others. At your postoperative sessions, your surgeon will carefully monitor your progress to ensure that you and your new eyesight are adjusting well and that it is as good as it can be.

Returning to Work: Finding Work and Managing Your Recovery in the Workplace

Weeks, months, and even years — these are the timescales we’re used to hearing when it comes to how long it will take to return to work after routine surgical surgery.

However, as previously said, Laser Eye Surgery is not normal. And this is well shown by the fact that the great majority of patients return to work within 24 hours following therapy.

Depending on the kind of therapy, estimated recovery time, and whether the operation is performed in the morning, afternoon, or evening, most patients take around two days off — the day of the surgery and the day after. This is often true if you have had LASIK, ReLEx SMILE, or PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision. It may take somewhat longer if you have LASEK/PRK – you should aim to return to work after around seven days.

Returning to work quickly is often not a problem for the majority of patients. However, while returning to work, there are a few considerations that will aid in your laser eye surgery recuperation.

As many individuals now work inside with screens, the most important thing we recommend is that you keep your eyes properly lubricated with artificial tears, especially if you’re using a computer or are in a workplace with air conditioning, as both of these factors may cause your eyes to dry out. Additionally, it is good to bear in mind that the majority of individuals blink less often while gazing at a computer screen.

Extra caution is also required if you work on a construction site, for example, when the danger of dust or debris entering the eye is increased. To prevent this from occurring and creating discomfort or other unwanted issues, safety glasses, and other appropriate measures must be followed as regards laser eye surgery.

And if you’re one of the fortunate few who work outside in a bright area, wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection is essential during the first few weeks of recuperation and is generally excellent eyecare advice afterward.

The Road to Better Vision: Regaining Control of Your Vision Following Laser Eye Surgery

Given that it is all about your eyes, which are critical for driving a car, many people believe it will be some time before they can go back in the driver’s seat after Laser Eye Surgery.

However, if you are like the great majority of patients, you will be allowed to drive within 24 to 48 hours following laser eye surgery. This is often a remarkable experience for many, as they begin to see driving and being out on the open road in a new light. Additionally, driving without your spectacles might feel shockingly strange and liberated.

How fast you may resume driving after Laser Eye Surgery is dependent on the kind of therapy you get and the facility you visit. At London Vision Clinic, almost 95% of LASIK patients meet or exceed the legal driving threshold on the first day after surgery. This is usual for all patients and procedures (excluding PRK), and it is at a consultation the day following your procedure that your surgeon will determine if your eyesight fulfills the driving requirement and sign you off. Visit to read about A mini-guide on laser eye surgery.

Final thoughts

This article will veer you in the right direction as regards how to recover after a laser eye surgery.