Post LASIK Surgery


Dr. Lawrence Spivack has consistently achieved 20/20 vision for 99% of his patients after the LASIK process, if deemed a good candidate. These outstanding results are the combination of his comprehensive exam, his high-tech blade-free LASIK techniques and his vast experience of having performed over 40,000 vision correction procedures.

He will not approve you for LASIK unless he is confident that your eye and health conditions are likely to produce favorable results. In fact, he only approves 80% of his applicants for LASIK.

Because so many of our patients travel from Grand Junction and other western parts of Colorado for our superb LASIK treatment, Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center entrusts most pre-op and post-op LASIK care to the outstanding doctors of 20/20 Eyecare in Glenwood Springs or by outside referring optometrists. Dr. Spivack is always informed about his patients' healing progress, especially if there are any complications after surgery. He often works directly with the referring optometrist to provide any additional care that is necessary.

What to Expect After LASIK

Dr. Spivack expects you to visit your referring optometrist within 24 hours after your LASIK procedure to ensure that your eyes are healing properly. You should also schedule regular visits to stay on top of any vision changes or complications.

Immediately after LASIK, you may experience some of the following temporary conditions:

  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Halos or starbursts around lights
  • Bloodshot eyes

These conditions are normal and typically subside within a day or two. Some people take longer to heal and have vision fluctuations for several months. It's important to not rub your eyes, as this could cause complications in your corneal flap.

If you experience any pain or your conditions are not going away, contact your doctor immediately.

Activities to Avoid Immediately Following LASIK

The majority of our Western Slope patients lead very active lifestyles. While we understand that sports, relaxation and even beauty are very important to our patients, there are post-LASIK time limits you should obey for certain activities:

  • Non-contact sports: wait a minimum of 1-3 days after LASIK
  • Contact sports: wait a minimum of 4 weeks after LASIK
  • Make-up and facial lotions: wait a minimum of 2 weeks after LASIK
  • Swimming and hot tubs: wait a minimum of 1-2 months after LASIK

These rules will help you avoid infection and corneal flap complications.

Possible Risks and Complications of LASIK

No surgical procedure is without risks, and LASIK is no exception. Although rare, you should be aware of certain complications that can arise after LASIK:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery
  • Visual symptoms, such as halos, glare, starbursts or double vision
  • Loss of vision

To schedule your free LASIK Consultation, contact us today.