After lasik eye surgery

After lasik eye surgery

 

First week after lasik eye surgery

First month after lasik eye surgery

Precautions after lasik surgery

How many days rest is required after Lasik surgery?

Can I watch TV after Lasik?

Can I cook after Lasik surgery?

Can I wash my face after Lasik?

 

Immediately after lasik eye surgery, your eye may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain and your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. Both your eyes may tear or water. Your vision will probably be hazy or blurry. You will instinctively want to rub your eye, but don't! Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment. In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery. You should plan on taking a few days off from work until these symptoms subside. You should contact your doctor immediately and not wait for your scheduled visit, if you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse instead of better.

 

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First week after lasik eye surgery

You should see your doctor within the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery and at regular intervals after that for at least the first six months. At the first postoperative visit, your doctor will remove the eye shield, test your vision, and examine your eye. Your doctor may give you one or more types of eye drops to take at home to help prevent infection and/or inflammation. You may also be advised to use artificial tears to help lubricate the eye. Do not resume wearing a contact lens in the operated eye, even if your vision is blurry.

You should wait one to three days following surgery before beginning any non-contact sports, depending on the amount of activity required, how you feel, and your doctor's instructions.

To help prevent infection, you may need to wait for up to two weeks after surgery or until your doctor advises you otherwise before using lotions, creams, or make-up around the eye. Your doctor may advise you to continue scrubbing your eyelashes for a period of time after surgery. You should also avoid swimming and using hot tubs or whirlpools for 1-2 months.

Strenuous contact sports such as boxing, football, karate, etc. should not be attempted for at least four weeks after surgery. It is important to protect your eyes from anything that might get in them and from being hit or bumped.

 

First month after lasik eye surgery

During the first few months after surgery, your vision may fluctuate.

  • It may take up to three to six months for your vision to stabilize after lasik eye surgery.
  • Glare, haloes, difficulty driving at night, and other visual symptoms may also persist during this stabilization period. If further correction or enhancement is necessary, you should wait until your eye measurements are consistent for two consecutive visits at least 3 months apart before re-operation.
  • It is important to realize that although distance vision may improve after re-operation, it is unlikely that other visual symptoms such as glare or haloes will improve.
  • It is also important to note that no laser company has presented enough evidence for the FDA to make conclusions about the safety or effectiveness of enhancement surgery.

 

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Precautions after lasik surgery

  • Don't take a shower or wash your hair until the day after.
  • Avoid getting non-sterile water from shower, hair washing, etc. into your eyes during the first few days after surgery.
  • Be careful when you’re in the shower or bath. Be sure to keep soap out of your eye when you wash your hair, and watch out for hair spray and shaving lotion.
  • Don’t rub your eyes for at least a month.
  • Use all eye drops, including artificial tears, that are prescribed by your doctor.
  • Don't drive until you feel comfortable. Get your doctor’s OK first.
  • Wear the eye shield/goggles the doctor gave you while you sleep for the first week.
  • Keep tap water out of your eyes for at least a week.
  • Avoid pools, whirlpools, saunas, and lakes for at least 3 weeks.
  • No eye makeup for at least a week. Toss out partly used products to avoid an infection.
  • Don't get your hair colored or permed for at least 10 days.
  • No exercise for two days.
  • Wear eye protection for at least a month once you start exercise and sports activities again.
  • Your eyes will likely be sensitive to light for a while. Dark sunglasses are helpful.
  • Avoid dirty and dusty environments for 7 days.
  • Bright sunshine may cause scarring, so wear sunglasses on bright days for at least a year.

 

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How many days rest is required after Lasik surgery?

The immediate recovery period for LASIK generally lasts six to 12 hours, but it varies by patient, depending on several factors. Most patients see clearly within 24 hours after vision correction surgery, but others take two to five days to recover. Some patients may experience some blurred vision and fluctuations in their vision for several weeks after LASIK.

 

 

Can I watch TV after Lasik?

Since your eyes are still healing, they will be especially sensitive in the first 24 hours after the LASIK procedure. So it’s recommended to wait at least 24 hours before watching TV again.

Watching TV immediately after the procedure can cause your eyes to strain, and that will negatively affect the healing process. Keeping eyes away from the screen will prevent them from straining, getting tired, and drying out. After the first 24 hours, your eyes should be strong enough to handle a little screen time.

Even after 24 hours, you need to take it easy when watching TV. Remember, your eyes are still recovering from a medical procedure. So don’t binge-watch your favorite shows right away. Instead, in the days following your procedure, it’s a good idea to limit your time in front of the screen.

Try watching an episode or two throughout the day and monitor how your eyes feel. If you’re noticing any discomfort or straining, take a break and do something else or close your eyes to let them rest.

 

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Can I cook after Lasik surgery?

We advise all of our patients to avoid cooking for at least one week after Lasik surgery. After surgery, your eyes will need time to heal. They might be more sensitive than normal, so it’s important to avoid any activities that may cause them any stress. While cooking might be something you enjoy, it’s best to refrain from cooking after your surgery.

There are a few ways that cooking could irritate your eyes as they recover from Lasik surgery. When cooking, steam and water could reach your eyes. While this normally wouldn’t be something you have to worry about, it is critical that your eyes don’t get wet for a week after Lasik surgery. Additionally, we instruct patients to keep their eyes from extreme heat, something that is very present when cooking. For these reasons, it’s best to refrain from cooking for at least one week.

 

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Can I wash my face after Lasik?

Generally speaking, you should wait at least 24 hours after LASIK before washing your face. As with showering, you need to avoid getting soap and water in your eyes for a minimum of several days.

The risks involved with getting water or soap in your eyes during the recovery period include:

  • Infection
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Exacerbated dry eye issues
  • Potential harm to the corneal flap

It’s a good idea to take your time applying face wash. Carefully and gently rinse your cleanser away without splashing water. Consider avoiding your forehead entirely, as the soap is more likely to trickle down from that area. When it comes time to dry your face, gently pat your skin with a towel and avoid your eyes.

Many people safely wash their faces during the LASIK healing process using the simple tips above. Yet some patients still worry about accidentally getting liquids in their eyes during their skincare routine.

This concern is completely understandable. Thankfully, there are a few facial cleansing methods that minimize the risk of getting anything in your eyes.  

One soap- and water-free cleansing method consists of pouring a facial toner onto a cotton pad and sweeping it over dry skin. This technique gives you complete control over the process. Alternatively, you can wipe your face with a damp washcloth to remove excess dirt and oil. With either method, remember to steer clear of your eye area.

 

 

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10 common Questions

1How long after Lasik Will I see clearly?
Most patients see clearly within 24 hours after vision correction surgery, but others take two to five days to recover. Some patients may experience some blurred vision and fluctuations in their vision for several weeks after LASIK
2What are the precautions after Lasik eye surgery?
After laser eye surgery, take these precautions to prevent injury or infection: Don't take a shower or wash your hair until the day after. Avoid getting non-sterile water from shower, hair washing, etc. into your eyes during the first few days after surgery. Be careful when you're in the shower or bath.
3What happens after laser eye surgery?
After Surgery. Immediately after the procedure, your eye may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain and your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. ... Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment.
4What can you not do after Lasik surgery?
1 to 2 weeks post LASIK: You can usually begin exercising within a week after LASIK surgery, but you should continue to avoid contact sports for at least a month. Wear sunglasses when out in the sun to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet light, and use the provided eye drops to minimize dry eyes.
5Can you blink during Lasik?
This is a common concern, but rest assured that blinking and moving during LASIK surgery usually is not a problem. ... Also, a small device will hold your eyelids open during the procedure so you can't accidentally blink and your eyelids cannot interfere with any step of the surgery.
6Is Lasik surgery painful?
In most cases, PRK and LASIK does not hurt during or immediately after the procedure. Before your LASIK eye surgery begins, numbing eye drops are used to alleviate any pain or discomfort to the eye during the procedure. ... LASIK does not hurt during the procedure, however you may feel some pressure on your eyes.
7Can I use my phone after Lasik surgery?
You can use your smartphones and tablets after LASIK surgery, but you'll need to limit how much time you spend in front of them. This is because your eyes are still healing and are working harder to focus on an image. ... If they start to feel uncomfortable or if they begin to strain, take a break by closing your eyes.
8How long do you have to wear sunglasses after Lasik?
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes for at least the first week after LASIK surgery. Read in moderation for the first few days after your LASIK procedure. Do not wear eye makeup for one week. Do not rub your eyes for one month after you have LASIK.
9Is it bad to cry after Lasik?
One of those fears is that we cannot cry after Lasik surgery. This is entirely untrue. ... While crying for emotional reasons tends to produce more tears, it is still not harmful, even after Lasik. It is considered a good thing to keep the eye lubricated after surgery, as this helps the healing process.
10What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?
Risks of LASIK include: Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production. ... Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night. ... Undercorrections. ... Overcorrections. ... Astigmatism. ... Flap problems. ... Vision loss or changes.

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