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A Guide to Protecting Your Eyes After LASIK

A Guide to Protecting Your Eyes After LASIK

With today’s advances in medical technology, corrective vision options are no longer limited to eyeglasses and contacts. For individuals with vision problems, a more permanent solution is available: LASIK. LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure performed by an ophthalmologist to correct vision. It is a safe and quick procedure, during which the eye doctor will use precise lasers to make a flap on the cornea and remove small amounts of tissue. The end result is corrected vision. It is a highly successful surgery with long lasting results. Continue reading to learn what to do following LASIK surgery to ensure your eyes heal properly and to avoid complications.

The First 48 Hours After Surgery

Immediately after surgery it is normal, and expected, to experience itchy or painful eyes. This can be remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever. It is important to not rub your eyes, as tempting as it may be. Rubbing your eyes could prevent your eyes from healing properly. You may also experience blurred vision or notice that your vision is hazy in the first 48 hours after eye surgery. Your eyes will be extra sensitive during this time, so wearing protective lenses is important.

The First Two Weeks After Surgery

Once the initial healing is over, your eye doctor will likely advise you to still take certain precautions. You should avoid contact sports until given clearance from your eye doctor. It is important to steer clear of any activities in which your eyes could be bumped into. You should avoid using any eye creams, eye makeup, and eye drops. Be sure to also stay out of swimming pools or hot tubs while your eyes are healing.

The First Few Months After Surgery

Even though the results of LASIK surgery are generally positive, it can take up to six months before your vision is completely restored. Avoid driving at night until your vision has stabilized. Let your eye doctor know of any abnormal symptoms.

If you think you may be a good candidate for LASIK surgery in New York City, it is time to visit Dr. Mark Hornfeld. In addition to LASIK surgery, our ophthalmology office provides cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and more. Make an appointment by calling (212) 580-8881 today.