Having LASIK surgery is exciting. You’ll have new, clear vision to look forward to and freedom from contacts and eyeglasses. However, post-surgery, you will have to provide your eyes with a bit of special care while they heal. Proper surgical aftercare will help ensure that the procedure is effective in the long term and that you avoid infection and other complications. Your ophthalmologist will provide specific aftercare instructions for you, but you can learn some basic information about proper LASIK follow-up below.
- During the First Few Days
The miracle of LASIK is that the results are almost immediate. You will literally sit up from the procedure and SEE! After surgery you are instructed to go home and rest your eyes for the remainder of the day. The day after the procedure you can drive and return to most activities. Some prescription eye drops and preservative free tears are used the first week after surgery to keep the eyes lubricated and help with the healing process. Patients are advised to not touch their eyes during the first 7 days after surgery, and women are told they cannot wear eye make-up. Heavy lifting and aerobic activity are forbidden for the first 4 days after surgery. Most would agree that taking care of yourself after LASIK is easy, particularly because your vision is so good that you “want” to make sure you take care of your eyes.
- In the Long Term
Swimming and hot tubs should be avoided for the first month after surgery. For those who are involved in intense physical activities that could result in eye trauma, such as racketball, karate and boxing are reminded to wear eye protection. Although the results of LASIK are immediate, some initial glare and halos may be experienced for the first few weeks or months after surgery, particularly at night. Customized LASIK treatments, such as Zyoptix, minimize or eliminate glare and halo issues at night. If you have any concerns about how your eyes are healing, you should discuss them with your eye doctor at follow-up appointments.
Are you ready to change your vision with LASIK? Clear Advantage is New England’s premiere LASIK, bladeless LASIK and Visian ICL provider. We offer a number of vision correction procedures designed to meet the vision needs of Portsmouth, Portland, and Manchester residents. Call us today at (603) 379-6817 for more information.