What will I experience after my laser eye surgery?
We help ensure a safe and successful recovery with a comprehensive, detailed lifetime of aftercare, which we refer to as the Medownick Care Policy. Here’s what to expect once you leave the Medownick Laser Eye Clinic at Epworth after your laser eye surgery.
Recovering at home
Before you leave our clinic, you will be given eye drops to aid the healing of your eyes and to protect against infection. You will also be given anaesthetic drops for comfort, and clear plastic eye shields to wear at night-time for the first four nights, so you can’t rub your eyes in your sleep. You won’t need to wear an eye patch.
It is vitally important that you wash your hands every time you put in drops, especially during the first week.
If you have pets at home, please make sure your dog or cat is not allowed in your bedroom during the first few days after your laser eye surgery. The same goes for small children if they happen to have red eye or any other eye problems. Please make sure they are separated from you as soon as you notice the problem with their eyes, and also please let us know by calling on our emergency line so we can adjust your treatment.
If you decide to have both eyes done simultaneously – as the vast majority of our patients do – it may take a while for you to be able to read or use the computer, although legal driving vision may return within a few days. You will be advised to take a few days off work to help you heal as quickly as possible.
To avoid complications, it is critical that you follow strict guidelines after your surgery:
- Week one: No eye make-up, no swimming, and low-impact exercise only.
- Week two: No swimming, but gym, aerobics, weights, running and other physical exercise are all okay.
- Up to three weeks: You should not engage in any form of contact sport, such as football, basketball or martial arts. Do not drive until you are comfortable with your vision. Do not use any eye drops or eye treatments that have not been prescribed for you by Dr Mark Medownick.
- Up to three months: You should continue to avoid UV light exposure for a few months after laser eye surgery to obtain optimal results. This means you should always wear protective sunglasses while outside, and avoid skiing and surfing during this time.
Laser eye surgery aftercare
To ensure the success of your surgery, we provide comprehensive aftercare via a 24/7 emergency line and a schedule of follow-up appointments.
24/7 emergency aftercare
When at home, you can talk to us in person 24 hours a day, seven days a week after your laser eye surgery. Our 24-hour emergency line ensures you receive personal support any time you need it.
You will be given a schedule of follow-up appointments. It is vital that you return to the clinic at the required appointment times so your healing progress and vision can be monitored and, if required, adjustments can be made to the doses of eye drops prescribed specifically for your eyes. To ensure the success of your surgery, it’s imperative that you attend your post-operative appointments.
Usually by the time you come in for your first post-operative appointment you will have better-than-driving vision, although it could take a little longer in some cases, as visual acuity improves over a period of a few weeks.
What to expect after six months
After six months, you should be fully enjoying 20/20 – or better – vision! In some situations, you may need an ‘enhancement’ laser eye surgery procedure if you have not achieved a full correction. When we assess the health of your eyes at our no-obligation consultation, we will discuss your chances of requiring a follow-up enhancement procedure, specific to your particular case.
Our fee covers six-month post-operative laser eye surgery aftercare, as well as any enhancement procedures that you might require in the first five years following your initial laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery is an investment in you. It’s why we offer interest-free payment plans over six, 12 or 18 months to suitable candidates.