Top 3 Post-Surgery Eye Care Tips
Recovery from Lasik treatment is a relatively quick and easy process, however there are some extremely important “do’s and don’ts” to which you must adhere following your Lasik procedure. The first item on the “do” list is assigning someone to be your driver immediately following the procedure. Your vision will be blurred, and you may need to keep your eyes closed for three to four hours during the initial healing process. On the day of the surgery, it is an imperative “do not” that you avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. Several issues that commonly arise following LASIK eye surgery are the direct result of patients having rubbed their eyes during the healing process. On the day of your surgery, you should also avoid any activity that might strain your eyes, such as reading and watching television.
During the 24 hours following your LASIK treatment, it is important that you do not allow any water to get into your eyes. Watching television is permissible at this point, but you should avoid doing so in especially dark conditions in order to avoid straining your eye muscles. You will also need to avoid bright light, as your corneas will be especially sensitive during the healing process. You should only engage in light activities during the 24 hours following LASIK, and driving is usually not recommended until your first check-up. Additionally, UV protective sunglasses should be worn outdoors during the days that immediately follow your treatment.
In the first week that follow your LASIK treatment, do not engage in strenuous physical activity. Not playing any contact sports for three months is highly recommended. During this time period, it is essential that you continually wear the protective goggles, as assigned, that your LASIK eye surgeon will provide you with. Another important “do not” in the days that follow your LASIK treatment is the use of eye make-up or facial creams due to the hazards caused by any amount of such liquids seeping into your eyes. In the case of eye make-up, you should not apply any whatsoever until you have met with your LASIK surgeon to assess your recovery. This period is likely to last for at least a week.
Perhaps the most important “do” of all is to schedule, and keep, follow-up appointments with your surgeon during the recovery process. This is essential regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any difficulties in the days, weeks, and months following the surgery.
Your surgeon will give you a regimen of activities, including the regular use of eye-drops, to follow during your post Lasik treatment recovery period. You may be tempted to ease off of your regimen due to the expedient healing process. It is imperative, regardless of how well your eyes may be feeling, that you do stick to your prescribed activities for the entirety of the recovery period, as recommended by your surgeon. If you fully adhere to your “do’s and don’ts list”, you should experience clear, and crisp vision without discomfort within three months of your LASIK eye surgery.