Now that you’ve made the decision to get LASIK surgery, one of the most important things you can do after the surgery is to support yourself in the LASIK recovery process. Along with all of the information given to you by your doctors during and after the surgery, you should be prepared to use the following steps in order to get maximum benefits from your LASIK eye surgery.
Make sure that you talk to your doctor during the initial consultations for LASIK and keep notes. This is your chance to get common questions asked, and doing so will help minimize your concerns about LASIK eye surgery. This way you’ll know what to do so that you can be the most prepared for the procedure and life afterwards.
Don’t Rush Back into Everyday Life
It may be challenging for you to go back to everyday activities, like driving, so make sure that you have the chance to truly give your eyes a chance to rest before going on with the remainder of your life. You may even need to take a couple of days off of work or school to allow you to get appropriate recovery and rest. Your eyes may be dry and you may have cloudy vision so it’s not recommended that you operate heavy machinery or engage in any heavy reading that could give you headaches or other problems. When you think about what to do after LASIK eye surgery, make sure to give yourself ample opportunity to rest and recover.
Avoid Flushing Your Face with Water
Avoid swimming or encountering any water sport or activity that could cause problems for your eyes. Taking a bath during this time can help to allow your eyes to heal. Soap or shampoo can irritate or contaminate your eyes, so make sure that you’re extra careful when cleaning. If the droplets hit your eyes this can cause you to want to rub your eyes and this can be damaging for your LASIK recovery and should be avoided.
Follow All of the Doctor’s Orders
It’s always a good idea to attend your follow up appointments after you have had LASIK eye surgery and attend at regular intervals if the doctor suggests this. Using any lubricated eye drops or medication to help with the recovery and healing process are critical and may also help you avoid discomfort and dryness. If you have questions about a particular aspect of handling your post surgery recovery, then consult with your doctor immediately.
Protect Your Eyes if Necessary
Your doctor will probably give you an eye shield to wear as you leave the facility. If you need to prevent damage while you sleep or an unexpected blow from an object or a person it’s a good idea to use eye protection in the short term. If you do need to use your shower as opposed to the bath, eye goggles in the shower can help to prevent contamination and other problems.
If you’d like more information or have additional questions about whether LASIK is right for you, contact us today and let us help you see your future in a brand new light!