Laser eye surgery is considered a relatively straightforward procedure these days. However, as with any surgical procedure, the body needs to recover. If you are having laser eye surgery such as LASIK, here are some tips that you can use as a guide to help promote a speedy recovery.
You will be given goggles or eye shields before you leave surgery. You’ll need to wear them when sleeping for the first few nights – these will prevent you from touching your eyes during the night.
This is extremely important. Be particularly vigilant not to rub your eyes during the first 7 days following laser eye surgery.
After you have had laser eye surgery, you will have been given a series of eye drops as part of your post-operation plan. It is essential that you administer the drops correctly and as advised by your doctor.
Wash your hands frequently, and keep them away from your face. When applying eye drops, wash hands thoroughly first. Minimising infection risk is critical post laser eye surgery.
When you first return home after having laser eye surgery, resting your eyes is important. Sleep is the only time that our body has a real opportunity to repair, and this is true for laser eye surgery as well.
It may go without saying, however it’s worth reiterating – after laser eye surgery, avoid smoky rooms, dusty environments or areas with chemical vapours such as science labs, printing shops, darkrooms etc.
Your eyes will be sensitive to light after laser eye surgery. Avoid extreme levels of sunlight, and when you do go outside, wear sunglasses. Some find that wearing sunglasses indoors also helps.
You will be advised not to participate in contact sports for one month following laser eye surgery. You’ll also be asked not to swim for at least two weeks.
For one week following laser eye surgery you will need to avoid wearing eye make up.
Your vision will fluctuate during the first few days and weeks post laser eye surgery, and you may see halos around lights. Your eyes may also feel gritty – don’t worry, this is not permanent.
Give your new eyes the best treatment – take the days after laser eye surgery seriously. And you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of your laser eye surgery for years to come. Read about the different types of laser eye surgery.