What to Expect One Week after Epi-LASIK Surgery?

November 11, 2015

Before her Epi-LASIK surgery, Jackie could barely see at all. She had been wearing glasses since second grade and contacts since 7th grade. She couldn’t see anything unless it was right in front of her face.

"My husband would put on my glasses and tease me that he could see into next week with them,” says Jackie.

Epi-LASIK can help patients see better. One week out from her Epi-LASIK surgery, Jackie comments that she can see much better, but not perfectly. Her vision is about 20/30. (At one year out, her vision is 20/15!)

Recovery from Epi-LASIK takes longer than it does with LASIK surgery. However, because of a well-documented study released in 2011 showing that the LASIK flap never heals, Dr. Jeffrey Gold has abandoned LASIK in favor of the safer Epi-LASIK procedure.

So, what should you expect the week after Epi-LASIK surgery?


Dr. Gold's patient Jackie shares her experience one week after Epi-LASIK surgery.

The regenerating surface cells after Epi-LASIK surgery form a ridge on the surface of the cornea. Over a short period of time, your eyelids wear down the ridge and your vision becomes perfectly clear.

You should expect some irritated feeling after Epi-LASIK surgery. It’s also quite normal for your vision to remain blurry for 4 to 7 days after surgery. It’s important that you take special care during that time, especially with driving.

You may have some irritated feeling, fluctuating vision, watering, itching or burning after Epi-LASIK surgery, but that should resolve during the first 3 or 4 days.

Jackie says: “I was uncomfortable but a few days later I woke up and was a different person and my eyes felt great.”

As your vision improves, it is common for one eye to heal faster than the other. This should not concern you and, within a few weeks, vision in both eyes should be clear.

“It’s great to be able to see,” says Jackie, “to get in the shower and see the shampoo bottles, to wake up in the middle of the night and be able to see things, to not be like a blind person."

Learn more about Epi-LASIK surgery and schedule your free screening with Dr. Gold at Liberty Vision. We look forward to helping you see better.