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What To Do After LASIK

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Considering LASIK? It can lead to visual freedom, meaning clearer vision without glasses or contacts!

Now that you have made this important decision, you should be prepared for what to expect after the procedure. Keep reading to learn what you can do to ensure a quick and healthy recovery after having LASIK!

The Day of Your LASIK Procedure

On the day of having LASIK, or even the evening before, get projects finished. This can include that pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

The main thing is resting and relaxing once you’ve had LASIK. You’ll want to wash your hair and face before the procedure. You will need to avoid getting soap and water in your eyes after having LASIK.

Ask a family member or friend to drive you to your appointment and back. You’ll want them to be nearby in case you need anything.

You won’t be able to drive the day you have LASIK due to numbing eye drops, so keep that in mind. If you don’t have perfect vision right after LASIK, don’t worry! Your vision may be foggy or fuzzy while your eyes adjust to their new normal.

Plan to spend the rest of your day resting. If you do need to go outside make sure you wear sunglasses. This will protect your eyes from any glare from the sun, as well as the wind.

Your eyes will be sensitive so do not rub, poke, or touch them. Instead, keep them hydrated with eye drops. One of the most common side effects after LASIK is dry eyes.

Want the best recovery possible? Rest for at least two or three hours after your LASIK procedure. This gives your eyes time to begin healing. Avoid anything like watching TV or reading a book.

The Day After LASIK

You may be able to return to normal activities. You can take a shower but don’t get any water in your eyes.

Use eye drops if your eyes feel dry. Avoid wearing eye makeup until your eye doctor says it’s safe to wear it again.

You can go back to work as long as it is low stress. You should be able to do things like reading, writing, and working on your computer now.

After LASIK, it’s normal if you experience these symptoms for a week or more during your recovery:

Let your ophthalmologist know if any of these symptoms worsen or do not go away after the first week.

What To Expect During The First Month

Your eye doctor will want to see you a day or two after LASIK to make sure your eyes are healing as they should.

A month after LASIK, you should be able to start wearing eye makeup again. Make sure to apply it gently to prevent any infections.

Take extra care when showering or washing your face. Be careful not to get soap or shampoo in your eyes and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.

You can also start exercising again after the first few days. Begin with light exercise and take precautions with your eyes.

Wear sunglasses to protect them from UV rays and other elements. What’s not to love about no longer needing glasses or contacts after LASIK when you’re outdoors?

Your vision will be gradually improving each day but keep in mind that it can take three to six months before your vision is completely healed. Make sure to continue seeing your eye doctor for any scheduled follow-up visits to ensure that your eyes are healing well.

Ready to find out if LASIK could be the right vision correction procedure for you? There’s only one way to know!

Schedule your LASIK consultation at Advanced Eyecare, SC in New Lenox, IL, now! Why not find out if clearer vision could be in your future?