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Post-LASIK Surgery Care

After the LASIK procedure, some patients report feeling mild discomfort in the form of irritated eyes, a foreign body sensation in the eye, or tearing/watering. To alleviate any discomfort, your doctor may suggest a mild pain reliever as part of your post-operative care. Also, it is not unusual for your eyes to feel dry for the first several weeks after LASIK surgery, and your TLC affiliated eye doctor may recommend drops to help with this temporary dryness.

Most LASIK patients notice dramatic results in vision within the first few days of their recovery; however, the speed of recovery often depends on personal healing patterns and the amount of your correction.

Many patients feel comfortable after a short nap while wearing protective eye shields. For the first few days after LASIK, it is recommended that patients wear these plastic eye shields while sleeping to prevent any unconscious eye-rubbing. It’s important not to rub your eyes during the early healing stage.

Returning to Normal Activities

Many patients return to work within a day or two of their LASIK procedure. Be sure to follow the restrictions below. Otherwise, as long as you follow your doctor's instructions, you should be free to resume all of your normal activities.

  • Your doctor will tell you when it is safe for you to drive following surgery, typically after one day.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes for at least the first week after LASIK surgery.
  • Read in moderation for the first few days after your LASIK procedure.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for one week.
  • Do not rub your eyes for one month after you have LASIK.
  • Do not exercise for one week.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for one week after your procedure.
  • Avoid gardening and dusty environments for one week.
  • Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
  • Smoking is allowed, but the smoke may irritate your eyes.

To learn even more about post-operative care, visit our  TLC LASIK blog.

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