If you’re someone who has nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism, you may consider having a procedure known as LASIK. Glasses and contact lenses help compensate for the eye’s imperfections, but LASIK is a precise and controlled procedure that reshapes the cornea, improving your vision.
This procedure is great for people who struggle with the refractive errors mentioned before, as well as the ones who are tired of wearing glasses or contacts. Once the procedure is completed, you will have aftercare guidelines to follow, as well as things you should avoid during the healing process.
Once the procedure is completed, your surgeon will give you specific guidelines on aftercare and a follow-up appointment. LASIK aftercare will typically include eye drops and painkillers to help with any discomfort.
After about 24 to 48 hours after surgery, you’ll visit your eye doctor so they can assess your healing progress and vision. Many eye doctors will continue follow-up appointments for at least six months to ensure that recovery is still going well.
What should I avoid after LASIK?
Many people worry about the aftercare of LASIK, not knowing what they can and can’t do. Here is a list of some things to avoid when you get home the day of surgery:
- Rubbing your eyes
- Watching TV
- Staring at mobile phone
- Bright lights
- Wearing eye makeup
Doing these things have the potential to strain your eyes or slow down the healing process. However, after the first 24 hours, those avoidances change, and you can do a little more such as watch TV and read.
LASIK is a quick and easy procedure, and the recovery period is relatively quick and simple, too. Take the proper medications and follow your surgeon’s aftercare guidelines to ensure proper healing, and avoid doing too much at once as it can be harmful to your eyes and slow down the healing process.