Tips for a Quick and Healthy Recovery After LASIK Eye Surgery

At NeoVision Eye Center personalized aftercare is never an afterthought. A healthy and easy recovery is just as essential to your LASIK procedure as the surgery itself. Our dedicated team is here to ensure your journey to better vision is as simple and successful as possible.

With this comprehensive guide to the Dos and Don’t of LASIK Eye Surgery aftercare, you can expect to be on the safest and most efficient path to your best vision.

Things You Should Do After LASIK Eye Surgery for a Safe Recovery

Knowing the correct things to do and precautions to take following your LASIK laser eye surgery is essential to a quick and safe recovery. Every patient’s journey towards better vision will be different but here are three things everyone should do after LASIK: 

Do Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions

Your eye surgeon will provide you with a detailed aftercare plan that will help ensure a quick and simple recovery after your LASIK procedure. Following these instructions throughout your entire recovery process will put you on the fast track to better vision and a healthy recovery. 

Do Wear Your Protective Eyewear

We will provide you with an eye shield to wear while you sleep to help protect your eyes following your LASIK surgery. You will need to wear this shield while sleeping until you are fully recovered. 

We also advise that you wear polarized sunglasses anytime you are outdoors to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Additionally, protective eyewear should always be worn during any contact sports or any other activities that may result in possible trauma to your eyes or face. 

Do Rest and Avoid Any Strenuous Activity

Take the first few days following your LASIK surgery very slowly, and get as much rest as possible. You can usually restart simple exercises like jogging after about two or three days, but consult your surgeon beforehand.

Avoid strenuous activities or workouts like heavy lifting for at least two weeks after your procedure. Begin only after being advised by your eye doctor and slowly increase the intensity over the next two weeks.

Things You Shouldn’t Do After LASIK Eye Surgery

Although LASIK requires little downtime or interruption to your daily life, you will need to avoid these three things to help ensure your healing process is as quick and smooth as possible: 

Don’t Drive for 24 Hours

Immediately following your LASIK eye surgery, you will need the aid of a close friend or family member to drive you home. Every patient’s recovery from LASIK surgery is unique and the amount of time required to wait before safely driving again will vary. With that said, many of our patients are ready to drive as early as the day after their surgery. 

Don’t Rub, Itch, or Touch Your Eyes

Following your LASIK procedure, you will likely experience some itching, eye-watering, or slight discomfort. You must always refrain from making any physical contact with your eyes. Do not rub, itch, or touch your eyes until you have completely healed from your LASIK surgery.

After your procedure, we will provide medications and instructions for their use, to help reduce any irritating sensations or other physical side effects.

Don’t Use Eye Drops Not Prescribed by Your Surgeon

After your LASIK procedure, your surgeon will prescribe you anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops to support the healing process. Do not use any other eye drops or medications that are not verified or prescribed by your eye surgeon during the course of your recovery.

Make sure to inform your eye doctor of any itching, irritation, or other developments during your follow-up appointments. You will be provided with medications to help reduce discomfort and aid in your aftercare.

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Dr. Tandon has been performing refractive eye surgery since 1997 and has been named one of the Top Ophthalmologists in the U.S. by the Consumer Research Council. At NeoVision Eye Center, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care to all our Bay Area patients through their entire vision correction journey.

Take the first step towards better vision with a free LASIK eye surgery consultation at NeoVision Eye Center in Union City. You can count on us to provide the personalized care you deserve.