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Jenkins Eye Care Exam

How long does it take for my eyes to heal?

In most cases, the recovery is fast, and most patients resume normal activities within a day or two. The healing period is typically 3-6 months. During this time, you may notice dryness, glare, and halos. Expect these symptoms to improve over time.

Soft contact lenses should be removed at least 1-2 weeks prior to surgery. This will allow the cornea to revert back to its most natural shape.

In most cases, laser vision correction can fully correct astigmatism.

The WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser has an advanced tracking device to follow small eye movements. If the eye happens to make a rapid eye movement, the laser will automatically stop. It will start again once the eye is focused on the fixation target.

Arrange for a driver and prepare to be at the surgery center about an hour. Before the procedure starts, patients have the option to take Valium to reduce anxiety. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes, and Dr. Jenkins will talk you through each step. Once home, we recommend that you take a nap. Once you wake up, you should experience significantly clearer vision.

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid water sports and strenuous exercise for at least 1 week.
  • Avoid eye makeup for at least 1 week.
  • Wear sunglasses while outdoors.

In most cases, the recovery is fast, and most patients resume normal activities within a day or two. The healing period is typically 3-6 months. During this time, you may notice dryness, glare, and halos. Expect these symptoms to improve over time.

Most people can get rid of their glasses after laser vision correction. However, depending on age and other vision conditions, glasses may still be needed down the road, particularly for reading.

Because refractive surgery is considered cosmetic, insurance typically does not cover LASIK, PRK, and RLE. In most cases, these procedures are completely out of pocket.

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