10 Ways to Protect your Healing Eyes After LASIK

Protect your eyes after LASIK to maximize results

Today, LASIK is universally considered as an efficient, relatively safe and economical procedure that is capable of treating several refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

While the LASIK procedure is virtually pain-free and provides rapid recovery, the vision may remain blurry immediately after surgery. However, visual acuity will be restored within next few days. Experts suggest that it takes about 3 to 6 months for the refraction to stabilize. Therefore, during this period of time, it is very important that you observe all the essential precautions and practice the following hints and tips in order to boost the recovery and healing process and avoid unnecessary complications.

5 DO's after LASIK to speed up healing and protect the eyes

  1. Rest
    You should take sufficient rest and sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours during 24-hours on daily basis. Like any other condition, physical and mental stress is never good for your body and eyes and can delay healing and recovery. Therefore, while healing after LASIK is relatively fast as compared to other forms of eye surgery, you may still want to take a few days off from work after the surgery.

  2. Eat a healthy diet
    A diet rich in vitamins especially vitamin B complex and vitamin C (which has a special significance in promoting healing) can definitely help your eyes heal faster than usual. Also, you should consume sufficient amount of proteins in the form of dairy products, leaner meats and fish.

  3. Wear goggles
    After surgery, protective goggles will be placed over your eyes. These help keep your eyes moist. While the goggles may be adjusted for comfort, they should be left on until the morning after surgery. They also should be worn while sleeping for seven nights after surgery.

  4. Use drops
    Use your soothing drops as prescribed regardless of how your eyes feel or how you see. It is all right to use the artificial tears more than once per hour.

  5. Be vigilant
    While complications after LASIK occur only rarely, you should actively monitor the conditions of your eyes after LASIK. If you develop any new symptoms such as pain, redness or irritation, immediately consult your doctor about the same. Also take all the prescribed medications regularly and properly.

5 DON'Ts after LASIK to speed up healing and protect the eyes

  1. Don't play
    Avoid water sports (swimming, hot tubs, and lake water) eat least for two weeks. However, you may jog or work out after 72 hours.

  2. Don't expose eyes to sunlight
    Excessive or sudden exposure to bright sunlight may lead to scarring, and delay healing. Therefore, sunglasses are recommended until the cornea heals. It is also advised that you wear some kind of protection gear for your eyes for a period of a month, even after resuming exercise and other sporting activities.

  3. Don't rub
    Avoid rubbing your eyes for at least the first week after LASIK surgery. You should remember that the corneal flap cut out during the surgery requires substantial time to heal. Unnecessary rubbing may inadvertently aggravate the wound.

  4. Don't use eye make-up or cosmetics
    You should also take extreme caution to avoid bath / facial soap, hair spray or shaving lotion from entering your eyes. In fact it's better if you just use mild or baby soap until the healing is complete. You should also absolutely avoid wearing any eye-make such as eye-shades, mascara or eye liners for at least one week after LASIK procedure.

  5. Don't wash
    Since water hinders the natural clotting mechanism, and therefore might delay the healing process of the cornea, it is best if you avoid washing your eyes or prevent water from entering your eyes for at least a week after LASIK. It does not mean, however, that you should keep your eyes dry. Your doctor may ask you to use eye drops such as "artificial tears" to keep the moisture intact.
  6. Last but not least, while you will able to resume your usual lifestyle within a week or so after LASIK surgery, it is crucial that you protect your eyes by strictly practicing the above-mentioned tips not only to prevent injury or infection but also to speed up the overall healing process.

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