Laser eye surgery is among the most practical options to consider when looking for a procedure to improve your vision. It's typically painless, quick and easy. However, it's not uncommon to experience some level of discomfort or irritation after the procedure. Like with any surgical procedure, what you do afterwards in terms of care is crucial to your recovery. Your body needs enough time and proper care to heal after the surgery. With that in mind, here are some quick tips to help you recover quickly and properly.
Administer Drops as Directed
Generally, you will be given a series of eye drops after your surgery as part of your recovery process. In most cases, you will be given two primary types of drops: anti-inflammatory and lubricating. However, this will depend on what your surgeon advises and prescribes after the surgery. The anti-inflammatory eye drops will come in handy in the first few hours after your surgery. It's expected to feel some mild discomfort and irritation as the anesthetic eye drops start to wear off. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory eye drops will help reduce inflammation or swelling when that happens.
On the other hand, lubrication eye drops will help you manage dry eyes, a side effect you may experience for some months. Some of the dry eyes symptoms include a scratchy or stinging sensation in your eyes, eye fatigue, blurred vision, eye redness, light sensitivity and watery eyes as your body attempts to respond to the dryness and irritation.
Avoid Direct Contact With Water
For the first few days and weeks after your laser surgical procedure, keep water from directly getting into your eyes. Therefore, avoid swimming pools, saunas and the like and be careful when taking a shower. It would be best to take a bath, but be extra careful when taking showers if you don't have one. A simple way to do this is to close your eyes when you are in the shower. The goal is to prevent soap, shampoo, water and other products from getting inside your eyes, causing contamination that may, in turn, lead to infections.
Wear Dark Sunglasses
Your eyes will be sensitive to light in the first couple of weeks or months after your laser eye surgery. Therefore, wear dark sunglasses, especially on bright days, because extreme sunlight can scar your eyes.
Avoid Dirty and Dusty Environments
Dusty, smoky and other dirty areas should be avoided after your surgery. Such environments may cause contamination, infections and irritation that may trigger you to rub your eyes, which you must avoid after surgery.Share