When will I start to see laser eye surgery results?

Interview transcription:

We asked Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway in an interview to explain when you can expect to see results from laser eye surgery.  

Leonard Teye-Botchway: This variable depends on the type of laser surgery that you get. Also, it differs from patient to patient. One patient’s results may be different from another’s because of the patient’s particular condition.

Refractive laser eye surgery results

With regards to refractive laser eye surgery for eyesight correction, the results are usually almost immediate. Most patients notice the day after that their vision is much better. For others, it may take a few days or a few weeks, but we generally say that it takes up to about three months for the vision to fully stabilise.

I review your eye at specific intervals to ensure that everything is going well. If I feel that there is a problem, I will give you drops or some other form of intervention to correct the issue, but by and large, there isn’t, and you would find that in one week you see much better than you saw before.


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Glaucoma laser eye surgery results

With regards to surgery for glaucoma, there are no immediate visual results. The surgery aims to facilitate more drainage of fluid. The benefits are long-term, as is the case with treatment for diabetes.

In the case of laser eye surgery for correction of eyesight some patients experience fluctuations of vision and that’s because of the healing process.

The cornea heals differently in different people and some patients find that in the early aftermath of the surgery the vision isn’t stable. This is quite normal for many patients. Some patients may need additional anti-inflammatory drops to get the cornea to settle. Over time, if this doesn’t completely resolve, then we look at the need or suitability to perform what we call enhancement or modification of the procedure. I’d like to mention that the enhancement doesn’t attract any additional fees. It’s all built up into the initial cost. If there is a need for us to do any secondary intervention, you wouldn’t have to pay any extra fees for it.

About the author

Leonard Teye-Botchway
Consultant Ophthalmic Physician and Surgeon |MBChB, FRCS(G), MBA, FWACS, FGCS, DCEH (Lond), Postgraduate Diploma in Cataracts and Refractive Surgery

I am Leonard Teye-Botchway and I am the Medical Director and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bermuda International Institute of Ophthalmology in Bermuda. The joy and elation I get from seeing patients who are very happy they can see after surgery is almost unimaginable. This is what really drives me to carry on being an ophthalmologist.

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