How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK Surgery

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LASIK is a revolutionary corrective eye procedure usually performed on an outpatient basis. It typically takes half an hour to complete and is designed to rectify many refractive vision issues. Most patients will resume their normal routine within 48 hours following the procedure. However, their eyes will still be in a vulnerable state for a few weeks. Moreover, to qualify for LASIK, you need to have good eye health.

That is, your prescription should fall within certain limits to be considered. If you suffer from certain optic nerve or retinal disorders, you may not qualify. Suffering from a severe case of amblyopia or pronounced cataracts may also disqualify you.

You need to be at least 18 years of age to be considered for LASIK. If you suffer from certain autoimmune diseases such as Lupus-or diabetes, you need to control your health condition before undergoing LASIK. Certain medications can also impede the healing process, so you may need to stop taking them temporarily before and after LASIK.

Furthermore, you may not qualify if you are currently pregnant, as the hormonal fluctuations caused during pregnancy may impact the stability of your vision. As for the difference between PRK and LASIK, PRK involves brushing off the topmost layer of the cornea so that the surgeon can reshape the eye via an excimer laser. The layer that is removed will regenerate on its own over time.

With LASIK, the surgeon makes a hinged flap on the patient’s corneal surface via a leading-edge Intralase femtosecond laser. The flap is lifted to work on the targeted area with an excimer laser. Once the treatment has been completed, the surgeon will realign the hinged flap.

Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy After LASIK Surgery

Get a good night’s rest after the operation. Wear sunglasses, dark glasses, or a protective eye shield to protect your eyes from sunlight and other intense light sources. Eye goggles may be provided so that you do not accidentally rub, hit, or injure your eyes during the day or while you are asleep. You should also avoid strenuous physical exercises, including playing sports or exercising.

Your body will need a few days to heal and recover from the procedure. Avoid any activities that will place undue strain on your eyes. That is, avoid playing video games or watching television or movies. Avoid texting or watching videos on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Even reading may place pressure on your eyes and cause eye strain. Get plenty of quality sleep and eat a healthy and balanced diet. Stay hydrated by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Allow your neuro muscles to relax and stretch. Avoid stressful activities and situations.

Listen to music and practice aromatherapy to help you relax and help pass the time. Audiobooks may also help you learn while you rest. You will also need to follow up with your surgeon during every stage of the recovery period to ensure that there are no complications.

Benefits of LASIK Surgery

LASIK provides immediate results with no pain afterwards. Many patients will enjoy 20/20 vision and may no longer need to wear glasses or contacts for the rest of their life. Healing is also fast, with most patients recovering in just a few days. Some patients may even obtain allergy relief, as certain substances may cause eyes to become dry, watery, itchy, swollen, and irritated. LASIK is also very affordable, with many financing plans available.

You will save thousands of dollars that would have gone towards buying new prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses every few years. Your self-confidence may also improve, as you may have felt self-conscious about having to wear glasses in public.

Do’s and Don’ts of Post LASIK Surgery

You should get plenty of rest and avoid stressful situations. You should avoid driving, especially at night. Avoid smoky, dusty, and dirty environments. Try to avoid showerbaths for a few days. Avoid any strenuous activities, such as exercise and sports.

Avoid direct light exposure, and do not rub your eyes for a few days if possible. Laser eye surgery requires proper care to ensure a quick and easy recovery process.

Protect Your Eyes

Avoid infections, poor vision, and other post-surgery complications by taking care of your eyes. Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, avoid strenuous activities, remain calm, avoid direct light exposure and contaminated areas, and follow up with your surgeon to maximize the benefits of your LASIK procedure.

Most patients will fully recover from their LASIK procedure in just a few days.

Sources:

The Difference Between LASIK and PRK | Kraff Eye Institute
Am I a Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery? – LASIK Vision Institute
How to Properly Care for Your Eyes After LASIK | NVISION Eye Centers (nvisioncenters.com)

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