The popularity of LASIK surgery has continued to grow as more people opt for this vision correction option. When you decide to get laser eye surgery, you need to think about several factors.
Apart from issues like cost, where to get the procedure, and the surgeon’s reputation, you need to learn about the procedure. You need to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK and the types of surgery available. You also need to understand what the procedure entails, including the process of recovery and aftercare.
After undergoing the relatively short LASIK surgery, you need to adhere to certain instructions to ensure that you recover well. Most patients can get back to their normal activities a day or two after the surgery.
Take precautions after surgery to optimize the healing process. This means you will need to take good care of your eyes for at least one month after the surgery. Avoid certain situations that can hinder the healing process.
You may experience some discomfort in the initial hours after the surgery as you begin the healing process. It is vital to avoid bright lights and keep your eyes closed for the first five or six hours.
You may have received some pain medication and eye drops that will help to keep your eyes comfortable. When planning the LASIK surgery, plan for someone to drive you home after surgery.
You should avoid any activities that will strain your eyes 24 hours after the surgery. During this period, limit activities such as watching TV, reading, looking at a computer screen, and using your smartphone.
Be careful about resuming your exercise routine too soon. Some exercises are acceptable, but you should avoid anything too strenuous in the early days. Exercises like walking and biking are acceptable in the first two weeks after surgery.
Be careful to avoid getting soap or chemical products in your eyes. Use sterile water when washing your face. Be very careful when cleaning around the eyes, especially in the early postoperative days.
If you are unsure of the cleaning process, consult your eye doctor. Ensure that you keep your appointment with the eye doctor the day after surgery. You need a follow-up examination to make sure you are healing well.
Wear eye protection after LASIK surgery. Wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the effects of UV rays. Wearing sport and work goggles during sporting activities and when working is also advisable. Stay away from places with smoke, dust, and other eye irritants. During the early days, avoid swimming. Also, do not apply lotions, creams, or makeup near the eyes.
Make sure your house is clean and dust-free before you go in for the LASIK procedure. Dust and dirt can cause eye irritation after the surgery. These can be a catalyst for an eye infection. Get rid of any eye makeup and other cosmetics that can be sources of bacteria.
For more on LASIK surgery recovery and aftercare, visit Eastside Eye Physicians, PC, at our office in Shelby Township or St. Clair Shores, Michigan. You can call (586) 247-2020 or (586) 200-1905 today to schedule an appointment.