Laser eye surgery involves creating a small flap in your cornea or the clear, dome-shaped part of the eye. This procedure can correct common vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. After surgery, you may not need to wear or use your glasses or contacts as much.
Continue reading for tips on how to help your eyes recover faster after surgery.
Rest Your Eyes After Surgery
Prioritize resting during the first 24 hours after your laser eye surgery. Avoid activities that may strain your eyes, such as watching TV and using your phone or tablet. You should also steer clear of reading books, magazines and other print materials with small text.
Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments
Following the surgery, expect your doctor to schedule a follow-up eye exam to see how well your eyes are healing. Make sure to keep up with your follow-up appointments so your eye doctor can monitor your condition’s progress and detect post-surgery complications.
Have Liquid Tears With You
Dry eye is a common side effect of laser eye surgery. It can occur for a few weeks to a month after the procedure. Always carry around some liquid tears with you and use them when necessary.
Wear Protective Sunglasses and a Hat
Your eyes will be more sensitive to light during the first few days after surgery. Avoid harsh lights when you are inside and going out when it’s sunny. However, if you need to head out during the day, be sure to wear protective sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
Avoid Dusty, Dry and Smoky Environments
In the first few weeks and months after getting laser eye surgery, try your best to avoid places that are dusty, dry and smoky. Smoke and dust can dry up your eyes, leading to irritation and discomfort.
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