LASIK Recovery – Things To Do
During LASIK recovery, most patients can notice an immediate improvement in vision, although, for the first three to six hours, it appears as if you are looking through wax paper or underwater in a pool.
- 1. Rest Down Arrow
Resting or sleeping is the best remedy for any post-operative discomfort. Use the additional Valium that is provided, if necessary, and get some rest.
- 2. Use Your Eye Drops Down Arrow
Use Your Eye Drops
Start using your prescription eye drops as soon as you get up from your nap post-surgery.
Anti-inflammatory Antibiotic Combination: Shake the bottle well. Place one drop, four times daily into the operated eye. Expect cloudy vision for a few minutes after instilling the drops.
Artificial Tears: Some patients experience scratchiness or irritation with mild light sensitivity to the lids in the operated eye for the first several days. This is generally worse in the morning and improves as the day goes on. For sensitivity, we recommend Ibuprofen (Advil), in addition to frequent dosing of preservative-free lubricant teardrops (artificial tears). Artificial tears can be used as often as necessary to relieve the dry or scratchy sensation you may be experiencing post-surgery. Nonprescription, preservative-free lubrication drops may be instilled in the operated eye immediately after surgery and as often as needed. You will be using these preservative-free drops for several weeks. They are available over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most patients find these to be helpful between medication eye drops, particularly in the morning. A preserved tear (sold in a bottle vs. individual dispensers) may be used after six weeks.
- 3. Wear Your Goggles Down Arrow
Wear Your Goggles
The goggles are very important to your recovery from surgery. During the LASIK procedure, a small flap is made on the eye so our surgeons can make the appropriate alterations to the shape of the cornea. Once this flap is closed, no sutures are used to hold the flap in place. The eye should heal on its own. But in order to ensure the flap does not shift before it heals, the eye must be protected, especially while you are asleep and may attempt to rub your eyes due to discomfort.
LASIK Recovery – Things NOT To Do
- 1. Do not rub or touch your eyes for one week after your procedure. Down Arrow
Do not rub or touch your eyes for one week after your procedure.
Patients can experience eyelid swelling, tenderness, and slight redness in the eyes for several days. No hard rubbing of the eyes should be done for four weeks following surgery.
- 2. Do not wear makeup on or around the eye, eyelid, or waterline for one week after surgery Down Arrow
Do not wear makeup on or around the eye, eyelid, or waterline for one week after surgery
- 3. Do not swim or sit in a hot tub for at least two weeks after your procedure. Down Arrow
Do not swim or sit in a hot tub for at least two weeks after your procedure.
However, other physical activities (biking, working out, etc.) may be resumed on the second day following the procedure. Do not expose yourself to high-risk activities that can result in a direct blow to the eyes, like an elbow to the face in basketball, for at least the first-month post-operation. If you participate in high-risk activities, always wear protective eyewear.
- 4. Heavy weightlifting over 45 lbs. is prohibited for 3-5 days post procedure. Down Arrow
Heavy weightlifting over 45 lbs. is prohibited for 3-5 days post procedure.