Eye Care After Lasik Surgery

| Monday, May 2, 2011
By Owen Jones

The patient of Lasik surgery has two foremost duties regarding his or her eyes: firstly to pick a responsible, skilled surgeon, which should not be very difficult and secondly, to take care of his eyes after the operation by following the guidance of the surgeon on post-operative care. This second part is very important and should not be taken lightly.

The post-operative care process is not a problem, but if you are worried about it, you could enquire of your surgeon what it will entail before the operation. The doctor or a nurse will be able to explain the method of supervision to you in detail or they will give you a brochure.

There might be some peculiar sight aberrations for a couple of days after the operation, some of which are fairly normal. One of the most common aberrations that are standard for a couple of days are halos around lights.

However, you should be sure that you understand the difference between what is standard and so no cause for anxiety and what should be reported immediately

There are various Lasik procedures and the procedures are advancing all the time so it is not possible to give exact details in this piece. Moreover, the shape of the eyes and the reasons for deteriorating eyesight are individual to every patient.

Some of the advice that your Lasik surgeon might give for your post-operative eye care may include the following, although different doctors may have their own recommendations.

The first thing is to remember that you have just had an operation including anaesthetic. There might not have been any blood but it was surgery all the same.

All patients are desired to rest after an operation and you will be no exception. If you had had an operation on your knee, you would use it as little as you could for a while and the same is helpful advice for your eye.

Attempt to sleep for a couple of hours after the operation or at least close your eyes and rest. Infection is the chief anxiety, so do not poke or rub your eye and do not strain it by trying out your recently improved eyesight by reading or watching TV.

If you have to entertain yourself in this fashion wear an eye patch. Your surgeon will almost certainly have given you a stiff plastic eye guard, which you ought to wear at all times.

Some surgeons will advise against allowing water into your eye for a few days, which means washing just from the neck down, no showering, no going out in the rain and definitely no swimming.

Be wary of dazzling light, it cannot damage your eye but it does hurt. Your world will become much brighter after the surgery and looking at a light bulb can be painful. Be wary of watching moving traffic while the sun is shining, a car window can catch the sun and reflect it back into your eye unexpectedly.

You will be given eye drops so do not fail to use them. Lasik surgery can dry your eyes out, if this happens they might be able to give you substitute or extra drops.

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