LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a refractive surgery used to correct vision problems. LASIK surgery is performed by using a laser to reshape the cornea, the clear, round dome at the front of the eye. This helps to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Most people with LASIK surgery experience little to no pain and have improved vision within a day or two. Side effects are usually mild and temporary. However, it is important to know how the aftercare should go post-LASIK. In this article, we will discuss the aftercare timeline of LASIK and how you can help speed up your recovery.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
After your LASIK surgery, it is important to get plenty of rest. This will help your body to heal and reduce the risk of complications. You should avoid activities that could cause eye strain, such as reading or using a computer. It is also important to avoid rubbing your eyes.
2. Apply Ice
You may experience some swelling and discomfort after your surgery. Applying ice can help reduce swelling and soothe any pain. Place a cold compress around your eyes for 15 minutes at a time, several times a day for the first few days.
3. Use Eye Drops
Your doctor will likely prescribe eye drops to help with the healing process. These eye drops will help to keep your eyes lubricated and prevent infection. It is important to use them as directed.
4. Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
It’s important to avoid rubbing your eyes for the first few weeks after surgery. Rubbing can cause the incisions to open and could lead to an infection or other complications.
5. Take It Easy
You’ll need to take it easy for the first few days after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities and give yourself time to rest. Your doctor will likely recommend you take a few days off from work or school.
After a few days, you can gradually increase your activity level. But it’s important to avoid activities that could cause you to strain your eyes, such as reading in dim light or using a computer for long periods.
6. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Your eyes will be more sensitive to light than usual for several weeks. Wear sunglasses when outdoors until your eyes have healed.
7. Avoid Water
Avoid getting water in your eyes for at least one week after surgery. This includes swimming, showering, washing your face and using a hot tub. If you must get water near your eyes, be sure to wear goggles or some other form of eye protection.
8. Protect Your Eyes from Dust and Debris
You should also avoid contact with dirt, dust and other debris for several weeks after surgery. Wear protective eyewear when you are outside or working in dusty environments.
9. See Your Doctor for Follow-up Appointments
After surgery, it’s important to see your doctor for follow-up appointments. During these appointments, your doctor will check your vision and make sure your eyes are healing properly.
It is important to follow the aftercare instructions given by your doctor to ensure a faster and more successful recovery from LASIK surgery. These instructions may include wearing protective eyewear, using artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated, and avoiding rubbing or touching your eyes. If you experience any problems or discomfort after your surgery, be sure to contact your doctor immediately.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery, you can contact us at Valley Laser Eye Centre. Located in Abbotsford, BC, we specialize in correcting vision. Book an appointment with us at Valley Laser Eye Centre today.