Lifestyle Changes After LASIK
After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, you will begin to experience a life that is no longer hindered by corrective lenses. The world around you will be crystal clear, and you will have the vision you always longed for. This in itself is a major positive lifestyle change that you will enjoy every day for the rest of your life. Due to the nature of laser eye surgery, you may need to make some other small adjustments to your lifestyle and current activities.
After LASIK procedure, you must strictly avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays during the recovery period. It is critical that you wear adequately protective sunglasses whenever leaving the house. Exposure to ultraviolet rays after LASIK eye surgery can result in corneal haze, retinal damage, and even cataracts. You must also avoid tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet light during the recovery period. Doctors recommend that everyone wear sunglasses while outdoors; however it is all the more important for patients who have undergone a LASIK eye procedure.
Another important element of post-operative care is to allow the corneal flap that was created during the procedure to heal properly. The proper healing of the corneal flap is important to your overall comfort, safety, and satisfaction with the procedure. Your doctor will provide you with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops to aid in the healing process. If needed, your doctor will provide you with moisturizing eye drops to help alleviate dry eyes. Additionally, you must refrain from rubbing your eyes, even if they feel itchy or irritated during the recovery period. To prevent rubbing or itching your eyes during the night, you will need to wear special goggles while you sleep during the recovery period. It is important to follow the post-procedural care instructions that your doctor has given you in order to allow the corneal flaps to heal properly.
During the recovery period, you should avoid swimming and engaging in water sports in any type of water until your eyes have completely healed. Lakes, ponds, the ocean, and swimming pools all contain types of bacteria and your eyes will be more susceptible to infection while they are healing. Additionally, the chlorine found in swimming pools can be irritating to the eyes. Water sports should be avoided as they may result in the corneal flap becoming dislodged while it is healing. After your recovery period, however, you will be able to engage in all types of water sports without worrying about your contacts or glasses while in the water. You will also need to avoid high altitude activities such as skiing or mountain climbing during the recovery period. Contact sports, such as boxing, racquet ball, martial arts, and tennis, almost must be avoided for a period. By refraining from these activities for a short period, you will give your eyes the best chance to heal and recovery properly so that you can enjoy all the benefits of laser eye surgery.
The short-term restrictions to your lifestyle will be well worth the effort. Once your eyes have healed, you will be able to return to your previous activities and enjoy them without being hindered by contact lenses or glasses. At Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center, you can be assured that you will receive the best and most precise LASIK surgery available. By following the instructions from your doctor after you procedure, you will ensure that you can enjoy the results of the surgery for many years to come.