Lasik is a laser surgical procedure that can correct your refractive error. After having Lasik surgery, you will no longer need to rely on glasses or contact lenses to see correctly. If you are considering Lasik, you will first need to schedule a consultation with Christensen Eyecare.
If you are a good candidate and are going to have the procedure, you must know what to expect from Lasik post-operation. Having realistic expectations is essential.
The First 24-Hours
You should know what to expect within the first 24-hours of the surgery so that you don't start to get worried.
- Immediately after the procedure, your vision will be foggy, as if you are looking at objects underwater.
- As the topical anesthesia wears off, you can start to experience some discomfort. The most common issues are itching and burning.
- When you get home from the office, you should take a nap to give your eyes a chance to rest. When you are sleeping, it is important to wear eye shields to protect your eyes. At the very least, you should rest your eyes for two to four hours, avoiding close-up work such as reading and using the computer for the rest of the day.
- Any time you go outdoors, you should wear sunglasses. The sun's UV rays are harmful to your eyes at any time, and even more so while you are healing from Lasik.
- You can experience side effects after the procedure. Dry eye is common, which can be treated with artificial tears. Puffy eyes, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, and seeing halos around lights are also common.
The First Week
Within the first week, your vision should be very clear. There are a few things that you should avoid during this time to ensure proper healing and also to prevent infection.
- You should avoid rubbing and touching your eyes for the first week to prevent disturbing the healing of the corneal flap.
- You can take a shower the day after the procedure, but for the first week, you should keep soap and water from getting in your eyes.
- For the first week, avoid any water that can be contaminated such as lakes, rivers, the ocean, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
- Avoid wearing eye makeup, including mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, and eye cream for the first week.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for the first week after the procedure. If you are playing sports, you should wear goggles to keep from getting poked in the eye.
Three to Six Months
During this time, your eyes will still be healing, and your vision will be improving. It is essential to attend all follow-up visits.
If you are considering Lasik, schedule an appointment with our optometrist at Christensen Eyecare in Dodge City, KS. We can perform a consultation, and if you are a good candidate, we will book your procedure. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (620) 227-5433.