LASIK laser eye surgery may be extremely successful, but for the best possible outcome, it is important that you follow any advice given to you by your provider and do what you can to prepare for your surgery and the recovery process. To get you started, we’ve put together a selection of helpful tips and advice for the preparation for and recovery following your LASIK laser eye surgery.
One of the best ways to make sure that your procedure and recovery goes as smoothly as possible is to take positive steps to prepare for your laser vision correction treatment. Fortunately, there are a number of different things that you can do to get ready for your appointment.
Although there isn’t a lot of downtime needed following LASIK laser eye surgery, you will need to prepare for the fact that you may need some time off of work. You may be able to return to your usual job within 24 hours of your LASIK, but for some patients, it can be several days before their vision is clear enough for them to go back to work. Your LASIK surgeon will be able to advise you how long you should plan to take off for your treatment.
You will be able to go home shortly after your LASIK procedure, but you won’t be able to drive yourself anywhere until you get the all-clear by your LASIK surgeon. Ideally, you should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you until your vision is a little clearer. Get this sorted before your appointment.
On the day of your procedure, your face will need to be completely clear of any make-up. You should also avoid using moisturizers and other products.
Your LASIK office may not be a catwalk, but it is still advisable to plan what you are going to wear carefully. This is because many patients are advised not to wear anything that needs to be pulled tightly over their heads in case it interferes with their eyes. Choose a button-down style shirt wherever possible.
Here are our top tips for a smooth and straightforward recovery following your LASIK procedure.
It’s normal for your eyes to be a little uncomfortable and irritated following LASIK, but you should avoid touching them since this could enable the transfer of bacteria to them, putting your eyes at risk of infection. Some patients choose to sleep in a mask or goggles to avoid unconsciously rubbing them.
In the initial 24 hours following your LASIK procedure, you should avoid doing any activity which involves sustained high levels of focus, such as reading or using a computer. We recommend that you take the opportunity to rest as much as possible since this is when our bodies heal the quickest.
You may be prescribed eye drops to use following your LASIK laser eye surgery. These support the healing process and ensure the best results. Make sure that you take these at the times and dose recommended by your LASIK provider for the greatest benefit.
Whether you prefer to participate in contact or solo sports, you should take time off from this hobby. This is because even the most casual of injuries can negatively impact on your eyes and the success of your LASIK procedure. This includes swimming, even with goggles. Don’t resume your sport until your eye doctor has given you their approval.
As with all things medical, it is strongly advised that you follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon. They are committed to helping you achieve the best possible vision. If there is anything that you are unsure about, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
For more preparation and recovery tips for LASIK laser vision correction, please contact our office where our expert eye care team will be happy to help.