Dos and Don’ts of Laser Eye Surgery

If you have an ingrown eyelash, a speck of dirt in your eyeball, or a need for glasses, your attention is drawn to your eye, but you probably don’t think too much about your cornea, your iris, or the lens in your eye. But when you think about the possibility of laser eye surgery, these parts of your eye become much more important. Laser eye surgery is a safe, effective procedure that can correct vision problems, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, cataracts, and astigmatism.

You may have heard that laser eye surgery is the next best step to getting the perfect vision you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re looking for laser eye surgery to correct your distance vision or for contacts or glasses that correct your eye for near or astigmatism, laser eye surgery might be just what you need. Here are the dos and don’ts of laser eye surgery.

Dos:

  • Follow What the surgeon instructed: When you are considering LASIK surgery, you’re probably interested in getting the most from the procedure—and that includes making the most of your recovery time. Follow your surgeon’s instructions to make the recovery process smoother.
  • Take the prescribed medication: As the patient, you’re responsible for taking your eye drops as prescribed and using them as directed. If you weren’t aware, the LASIK eye surgery procedure isn’t a one-time, easy fix, but instead, a complex surgery that requires ongoing care.
  • Blink: After surgery, your eyes may feel dry; thus, it is important that you blink more frequently than normal in order to keep them hydrated. This will enable them to maintain their health and heal more quickly.
  • Clean your face: During the course of the day, dirt and other contaminants from the surrounding environment may accumulate on your face. Keeping your face clean on a regular basis, without touching your eyes or getting water in them, is the best thing you can do to protect your eyes and keep them healthy.
  • Avoid strenuous activities: After laser eye surgery, daily activities like working and exercising often become difficult. After surgery, your eyes may be dry and irritated, and it may not feel as comfortable to read, watch TV, or drive. This can make recovery slow, but it’s important to avoid strenuous activities while you recover.
  • Wearing Protective Eyewear: If you have undergone laser eye surgery, you are probably experiencing some discomfort, hopefully, minimal discomfort, and most likely some redness, swelling, and dryness. Despite what you might think, however, you should not be wearing regular glasses or contact lenses when outdoors after LASIK or other laser eye surgery. Protect your vision by wearing appropriate polarized sunglasses at all times when outdoors, even if you do not consider it to be sunny.
  • Take some time off: Any time you have any type of surgery, it’s important to take the necessary time off to rest and recover.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid driving for 24 hours: After laser eye surgery, whether you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll want to avoid driving until your eyes have completely healed. Since your eyes are still sensitive and you may be experiencing some blurred vision, you won’t be able to drive safely. Although you can resume driving once your vision has improved, you should wait at least 24 hours after surgery before doing so.
  • Avoid Touching or Rubbing the Eyes: Laser eye surgery is an increasingly popular procedure, but it comes with some risks. While complications are rare, the most common risks include infection, corneal abrasions, dry eye syndrome, and retinal detachment. Patients should comply with post-operative instructions to reduce the risk of these complications. One such instruction is to avoid touching or rubbing the eyes since this can result in infection.
  • Do not take a shower or wash your hair until the day after:  Getting laser eye surgery can have a profound impact on your life, but like any surgery, it’s important to read through all the instructions before the procedure. One tip that should be mentioned is that you should wait at least 24 hours after laser eye surgery before showering or washing your hair. Why? Because warm water and soap are abrasive and can cause inflammation, which could mean you experience blurry vision for a few days.