One of the most common things we hear from patients after their LASIK surgery is, “That’s it?” In reality, the fear people work up in their mind about LASIK is ten times worse than the actual procedure itself. That being said, LASIK surgery is just that — surgery. So to help you have the best recovery possible, here are a few things you should, and shouldn’t do, after LASIK.
- Take advantage of your situation and rest! Your eyes aren’t the only things that need to rest after LASIK, it’s important that your body does too. Napping is the best form of rest because it prevents you from watching TV, reading, or working.
- Don’t drive that day, and potentially the next. While the magic of LASIK is that you’ll now be able to see near perfectly, you do have to give your body a day or so to adjust to the change. Meaning for your safety, and the safety of others, don’t drive right after having LASIK.
- Opt for baths instead of showers. Because your eyes will be a bit more sensitive than usual, taking a shower and letting soapy water flow directly into your face isn’t a great idea.
- Go to all of your scheduled post-op appointments. Even once you’re seeing clearly, it’s incredibly important that you meet with your doctor, so that he or she can monitor your progress.
- Take any prescribed medications given to you. Not everyone needs oral medication after their surgery. But if your doctor prescribes you medication, it’s likely for an important reason.
- Don’t play sports. Now that you’re not bogged down with glasses or smudged contacts anymore, you have your whole life to play sports, so give your eyes a break from them for a few days after surgery.
- Wear sunglasses while outside. Because your eyes will be a little more sensitive to light, you should wear UV sunglasses when you leave your appointment and while spending time outside.
- Skip your beauty regimen. Creams, lotions, and strong washes can easily get into your eyes and irritate them. And sorry ladies, but you really should avoid using any eye makeup for a few days after LASIK.
- Don’t touch your face or eyes. You probably don’t think you touch your eyes very often, but would you believe that you touch your face between 2,000 and 3,000 times a day? And each time you do, you’re bringing hundreds, if not thousands, of bacteria to your face and eyes.
- Avoid TV and reading. Staring at the TV, reading a book, or working on your computer can all strain your eyes. And when your eyes are strained, you’ll likely be tempted to rub them.
If you’re considering getting LASIK surgery, contact Dr. Barry Wasserman! Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist, and educator. As a certified AMO/VISX Excimer Laser surgeon, he performs LASIK refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is also a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of New Jersey Eye Laser Centers at Princeton.