Some Don’t’s After Lasik Eye Surgery
Many people opt for Lasik surgery for vision correction owing to
many causes. People involved in various physical activities find
the necessity of wearing glasses very cumbersome. This along with
vision improvements makes Lasik procedure very tempting to such
people. Lasik therefore has become a very popular corrective eye
surgery these days. Although it carries the risk of complications,
it has been quite successful in a vast majority of patients. There
are some specific don’ts that need to be followed to have
good results out of the treatment.
After having decided to go for Lasik, you will need to confer with
the eye care specialist about several dos and don’ts prior
to and after the surgery. Some of the don’ts after the surgery
include limitations on driving, going to work, abstaining from physical
activities and sports, etc. You may also be advised not to wear
make up before the surgery and to keep up appointments prior to
and following the surgery.
Limitations on Driving:
It is best advised not to take up driving for at least three days
following the procedure. This may increase if the healing is slow.
Some patients might be specially advised not to drive during the
night if they have problems with night vision. Patients undergoing
Lasik usually experience an increased sensitivity to light for which
they will be advised to wear dark glasses during the day time. You
will usually be advised to refrain from going to work for a few
days after the procedure. All these are very vital to be carefully
followed as advised to permit proper healing to occur.
Post operative check ups:
You will be asked to make follow up visits to the eye care specialist
at regular intervals after the procedure has been completed. The
usual timetable that is followed is visits after a week, a month
and three months after the procedure. These follow up visits will
help in ascertaining that good healing is taking place and no complications
are present that is affecting the outcome of the procedure.
Limitations on Make up:
Most specialists performing Lasik will advise to avoid using make
up much prior to the surgery. There should be no trace of any make
up which includes the use of creams, lotions, lipsticks, etc on
the stipulated day of the procedure. For this reason, the doctor
will advise not to use any such make up three days prior to the
day the surgery is fixed. The same holds good after the procedure
is done. Usually, the specialist will advise to refrain from using
any form of make up for two days after the surgery. After two days,
make up except for the eyes is allowed. Depending on the healing,
the doctor might permit the use of eye make up one week after the
procedure or later, if necessary. This is very vital to be carefully
followed as make up can enter the eye and pose the risk of causing
infections and may even harm the eye. The other risk involved is
the chances of causing injury while applying eye make up. Patients
are also advised not to shower for two days following which it can
be taken but without the use of soap on the face.
The Lasik surgeon will advise you not to touch the eye following
the procedure. The only thing that needs to contact the eye is the
drops that are provided to be put in at regular intervals. The patient
will also be advised to wear an eye shield especially while going
to sleep. This will prevent any contact with the eye while you are
asleep. Any contact with the eye can allow the entry of contaminants
that can give rise to infections and be detrimental to healing as
well as the results of the procedure.
Avoiding physical and active
sporting activities: The patient is advised not
to involve in any physical activity for two days after the procedure,
following which some normal day-to-day activities can be resumed.
The patient is advised to wear dark glasses while going out. Golfing
and some light work outs are permitted a day after the procedure.
If you need to read, watch the television or use the computer, it
can be done after a day but care must be exercised to keep the eye
moist using the drops provided. Activities like playing with your
children, having sex, etc are allowed three days after the procedure
with proper care taken to protect the eye from any accidental touching
or poking. More laborious physical activities like riding, weight
training, jogging, etc can be started back after a week. If you
are into extreme sports, it is best to ask advice and permission
from the eye care specialist before resuming these activities although
the usual time limitation may stretch to a period of around 3 months
following the procedure.