What does recovery from AK involve?

Your eye will be covered with a light bandage and you will be given antibiotic eye drops to reduce the risk of infection. You will be able to remove this bandage after a few hours.

It is a good idea to ask someone to drive you home after surgery as you will be unable to do so.

Once home, use the eye drops which will take care of any discomfort that you may experience. This discomfort can be ‘scratchy’ eyes or feeling as if their eyes have something in there, such as a foreign body which they cannot shift. These will ease after a short period of time.

You will be able to go back to work 3 to 5 days following this surgery. This also means that you can resume your normal activities and sport/exercise.

The results of this surgery can be seen the day following your surgery although it will be a few weeks before your eyes fully settle down.

If you had severe astigmatism then you will find that the surgery has not completely resolved this and that you will still need to wear glasses. However your prescription will have changed in that it will show a lower level of astigmatism (mild refractive error).

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