Never having to wear glasses or contact lenses is true freedom! LASIK surgery, a type of surgery that fixes refractive errors can make this long awaited dream a reality and give you the clear, trouble-free vision you have been seeking.
Your eyes might be uncomfortable and irritated after the surgery, and you may want to rub or scratch them. Avoid touching your eyes as this could lead to a speedier recovery. Get a pair of goggles from your eye surgeon to use for sleep and avoid rubbing.
It is important to attend all appointments. The day after your LASIK procedure, you will have a check-up. For the next few months, your doctor will monitor your progress. For the best long-term results, do not miss your scheduled appointments.
It is essential to take it easy and rest after LASIK surgery. This is your opportunity to put everything on hold, take a few days off work, school and other engagements and do not drive for a few weeks until your eyes have healed. So, catch up with your favourite book and be comfortable.
After LASIK surgery, it is better to avoid showering. This is because water and steam can get into your eye and negatively affect the healing process. Opt for a bath instead, take a luxurious hot bubble bath and relax!
If you want a smooth recovery, you must use the prescribed eye drops recommended by your eye surgeon. This is so your eyes can stay lubricated and less prone to infections.
For a smooth and speedy recovery, avoid playing sports or exercising. Strenuous activities can put pressure on your eyes, and sweat getting into your eyes can cause infections. Give yourself a break from the gym and sports, and get comfortable on the couch.
Wearing eye protection is extremely important after having LASIK surgery – your eye surgeon will recommend eye shields. Wear the eye shields for at least two weeks. If you must step outside, make sure you wear UV protected sunglasses to avoid dust, pollution and sunlight.
After surgery your eyes will be sensitive to light for a few days. For a smooth recovery, do not use electronic devices for a while and relax in a dark or dim room. Social media and texts can wait!
Relax! Now is finally the opportunity to take some much needed time off to relax and do absolutely nothing. By doing so your recovery period will be shortened.
After all, based on your hectic schedule, you may rarely get this chance to sit back and unwind.
Time heals all. After the surgery your vision may fluctuate, you may see halos around lights and your eyes may feel sandy. This can be frustrating but it is important to be patient , follow your surgeon’s instructions about what to do and not to do after surgery and you will recover well!
About Dr. Sachin Bawa
Sachin Bawa is a founder of Dr. Sachin Bawa Cataract and Vision Clinic. He is a qualified ophthalmic surgeon for more than 9 years. He holds a medical degree from the University of Witswatersrand which he completed in 2004.