In 2017 alone, over 638,000 U.S. patients underwent LASIK. It is estimated that up to 718,000 people will undergo the procedure in 2020, as LASIK continuously proves to be an effective permanent solution to refractive errors.
The growing popularity of LASIK is a testament to the effectiveness of the procedure. In today’s post, your optometrist talks about postoperative care practices you should observe after LASIK.
Immediately After Surgery
It’s perfectly normal to experience itching, burning and the sensation that a foreign object is stuck in your eye right after LASIK. However, you should avoid rubbing your eyes as the friction may disrupt the corneal flap, resulting in further complications. You’ll be asked to wear an eye shield until your next appointment. You’re not allowed to drive after the procedure, so it’s best to ask someone to accompany you to the procedure.
A Day After Surgery
You will be scheduled for a checkup 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. Your doctor may prescribe eye lubricants and eye drops that will prevent infection and inflammation. You are not to resume wearing your contact lenses during this period.
Two Weeks After Surgery
Eye makeup and various eye creams or lotions are still not allowed at this point. Your eyelash line and the surrounding areas should also be cleaned regularly to avoid infection.
One Month After Surgery
Refrain from engaging in contact sports such as boxing, basketball and football. Swimming pools and hot tubs should be avoided until two months after the procedure.
While 96% of LASIK patients have found the refractive surgery satisfactory, the overall success of the operation depends on your cooperation with your eye doctor. Don’t hesitate to schedule an eye exam should you notice anything amiss.
Turn to Opti-Care for all your eye care needs. We provide pre- and post-surgical care for LASIK patients. You may contact us at (410) 600-3173. We serve Westminster and Marriottsville, MD.