What To Expect After Laser Eye Surgery – Recovery Tips
Laser surgery is a medical procedure that uses focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a LASER (which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is confined to specific wavelengths. This allows it to be focused into powerful beams.
Lasik eye surgery is an eye correction procedure that repairs a person’s eyesight, eliminating the need for corrective glasses or contact lenses. One of the many benefits of Lasik eye surgery is a fast healing and recovery time. Recovery from LASIK eye surgery can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. While every patient recovers differently, your recovery from LASIK will likely be fast, with few hiccups along the way. Some common side effects include –
- Dry eyes
- Fluctuating and/or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Night vision issue
But, every side effect can be kept at bay by following certain instructions. Hence, after LASIK eye surgery it is best to keep in mind some do’s and dont’s in the recovery period.
- Use the eye drops efficiently as prescribed to hasten healing and prevent infection
- Avoid wearing contact lenses again even if the vision may seem blurry at first
- Not advisable to use any make-up around the eye, in the first few weeks after surgery
- It is suggested to wait a few days before resuming non-contact sports and avoid swimming in the first few months
It is also a wise decision to include healthy foods in the diet that may help recovery. Protein helps in regenerating tissues. It is best to include fish, eggs, beans and nuts in the diet. Vitamins like A and C found in leafy green vegetables and fruits also help in healing the tissues. It is important to flush out the toxins by drinking at least 1 litre of water daily. A good diet is definitely one way to improve the health of the eyes and of the body after surgery.
One major factor for recovery is the procedure of laser eye surgery which you undergo. The LASIK surgery cost & the recovery period will vary depending upon the technique. There are several media which can give you the detailed description about the different procedures & you can also book surgery packages online.
Some tips for recovery are –
1) Avoid eye contact with water
Take baths instead of showers: Water from shower directly hits your eyes and may cause irritation hence decrease recovery time while baths may enable you to protect your eyes.
2) Take Medication
Your doctor will prescribe some eye drops after Lasik eye surgery in order to prevent your eyes from dryness or discomfort. Use the eye drops as prescribed by the doctor since the extent of eye drop usage varies from person to person as every person heal differently.
3) Eye Protection
Immediately after the surgery, your eye tissues are as new as a newborn baby is, sensitive and easy to catch infection, so wearing protective glasses is important.
4) Do not rub eyes
The numbing drops used during LASIK surgery will wear off after around 20 minutes and soon after you may feel mild burning sensation or itching sensation. It is important not to rub your eyes. Also, after LASIK surgery your eyes may water continuously for around 4 – 5 hours and red spots may appear and these symptoms are considered normal and temporary.