A Guide to Laser Vision Correction
Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose.
He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.
After Your LASIK Procedure
Your Self-Care Regimen
Follow these recommended guidelines to promote safe and rapid healing.
- Rest or sleep for the first four hours after surgery with your eyes closed. This helps the flap remain smooth while it develops a tight adherence to the underlying tissue.
- Keep your eyes well lubricated for rapid recovery and enhanced comfort. Particularly in dry climates or air-conditioned environments, you may need to apply nonpreserved lubricant eyedrops frequently. Some patients may need these drops every couple of hours for a few weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will recommend a good brand.
- Wear high-quality sunglasses with ultraviolet protection. It is normal to experience increased sensitivity to light at first. This condition will improve.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes for a few days. The corneal flap needs time to adhere evenly without being disturbed.
- Avoid rough contact sports for the first week, for the same reason.
- Avoid swimming, surfing, and hot tubs for one week to prevent contact with unwanted germs and bacteria that could cause infection before the corneal flap has totally healed.
- Showers and baths are fine, but for the first few days, be careful to avoid getting water and shampoo directly in your eyes.
- Avoid dusty or smoky environments for several days.
- Avoid wearing old mascara and eyeliner for one week.
- Don't drive on the day of surgery. Resume driving only when your vision is clear enough that you are safe on the road. Most people easily see well enough to drive safely the morning after surgery, but it may be a few days before you feel comfortable enough to drive.
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