What to Expect after LASIK

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago


Most patients know that the ultimate goal of LASIK surgery is 20/20 (or better!) vision. But, if you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to know what happens leading up to the optimal vision correction.

At Kirk Eye Center, we have helped thousands of patients achieve vision correction with LASIK surgery. We will review what to expect in your specific case during your comprehensive laser eye surgery evaluation. Please call 708-771-3334 today. We serve patients throughout the Chicago area at offices in River Forest and Gurnee.

LASIK Eye Surgery Recovery Time

LASIK eye surgery - female | Kirk Eye CenterThe recovery time after LASIK is usually very brief. Most patients start to see better the same day as surgery. However, you may experience dry eye symptoms and light sensitivity this same day and in to the next. The eyes will feel irritated for approximately three to four days. Older patients or those who require significant correction might experience slight blurring of their vision for several weeks.

During the first few days to a week after LASIK, it is very important to avoid rubbing your eyes. The corneal flap is healing at this time, and interfering with the process can reduce the likelihood of an optimal outcome and result in complications that affect your vision.

Actual recovery from LASIK only takes about a week. However, you might not experience the full vision correction you and your eye surgeon discussed until up to six months after the procedure.

Is LASIK Permanent?

Once your corrected vision is stable, the results of LASIK can last for years. However, your anatomy changes as you get older, including your eyes. Changes to the lens of the eye may counteract the structural correction your surgeon made during LASIK.

To put it another way: If our bodies never change, LASIK results could feasibly stay the same forever.

But our bodies do change, potentially resulting in a recurrence or new development of vision errors such as:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Patients who previously underwent LASIK surgery have likely experienced one or more of these issues before. Some patients simply opt to wear eyeglasses or contacts to contend with these newly arisen errors in later life, while others choose to undergo LASIK again (a procedure known as an enhancement) to enjoy more permanent correction.

In addition, many patients develop presbyopia with age whether they have undergone LASIK or not. This loss of near vision stemming from age is not correctable with traditional LASIK, but our laser eye surgeons may recommend monovision LASIK to correct one eye for up-close vision and the other for seeing objects at a distance. Most patients don’t develop presbyopia until their 40s, so correction with monovision LASIK can be permanent.

Find Out What You Can Expect from LASIK

The long-term results of LASIK surgery will depend largely on physical characteristics and lifestyle factors. To ensure the highest likelihood that  you will enjoy vision correction that lasts, our board-certified ophthalmologists conduct a thorough evaluation of your eye health and sight.

Studies consistently find that the LASIK eye surgery success rate is 95-98%. Naturally, at Kirk Eye Center we strive to get as close to 100% patient satisfaction as possible.

Your first step toward improving your vision with LASIK is an initial evaluation with our experienced laser eye surgeons. Please call Kirk Eye Center at 708-771-3334 today. Our offices are located in River Forest and Gurnee, Illinois, and we serve patients from Chicago and other nearby areas.