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How To Care For Your Eyes Immediately Following LASIK Surgery

Last updated 7 years ago

The human eyes are very delicate organs.  They are constantly exposed to the outside elements, and need extra care and protection to keep them healthy.  If you have elected to undergo LASIK procedures, your eyes will require extra care during recovery.  Know what you need to do to protect and care for your eyes after LASIK surgery. 

  • Immediately After LASIK Surgery

For the first couple of hours after  the LASIK surgery procedure, you may feel a slight burning sensation, itching, or feel like there is something in your eye.  You may also  experience teary, watery eyes.  Although most people experience an immediate improvement in vision, your vision may be blurry and you will probably be sensitive to light.  These symptoms should all pass fairly quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.

Before these symptoms pass, make sure you deal with them properly:

  1. Do NOT rub your eyes.  This  may damage your eye while trying to heal.
  2. Wear sunglasses if light is bothersome and when outside.
  3. Most patients are okay to drive the day after the procedure.
  4. Our ophthalmologist will recommend the use of preservative free artificial tears immediately after surgery and for the next few weeks to keep the eyes lubricated.
  • First Weeks After LASIK Surgery

Your eyes are beginning to adjust to their new vision, but are still healing.  Be careful!

  1. Avoid contact sports for the first few weeks after surgery
  2. Do not wear makeup or creams near the eye for 1 week to avoid infection.
  3. Do not use swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, and whirlpools for 3 weeks after your procedure.
  • Several Months After LASIK Surgery

§  You may experience glare and halo’s when driving at night.  These should get better over the next few months, but may last as long as 6 months.  Most patients describe this as a “nuisance”, that does not effect their ability to drive at night.

If you have questions or concerns about LASIK surgery or the required aftercare, contact Clear Advantage and put all your worries to rest!



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