Preparing and Recovering from LASIK Eye Surgery

Getting a LASIK eye surgery is one of the best things you can do to restore clarity to your vision. If your eye doctor has given you the all-clear to undergo one, then you can definitely look forward to brighter days ahead without prescription eyewear or contact lenses.

The procedure is relatively straightforward and is usually conducted to deal with near and farsightedness, as well as astigmatism.

Here are some tips that can help you prepare and recover better following your surgery.

Pre-Surgery

It’s important to clear your eyes before your scheduled operation. If you’re wearing contact lenses, this is particularly important because you want your cornea to go back to its natural shape for the operation. Contact lenses actually reshape your cornea, which could have a negative impact on the surgery, such as wrong measurements, which then will lead to a poor surgical plan or a failed operation. Sticking it out with prescription glasses is your best bet.

Also, remove any unnecessary add-ons such as false eyelashes. The ladies are also encouraged to ditch the eye makeup a day or two prior the LASIK eye surgery, again to keep the eyes clear of debris. Lotions, eye creams, moisturizers, and even perfume must be avoided as well.

Post-Surgery

You can actually go home immediately afterwards, although it is recommended that you don’t drive yourself home. Have someone take you instead so you don’t strain your eyes too much. Expect some itching or mild burning in your eyes too, or even some discomfort. Just make sure to avoid scratching; otherwise you’ll injure your eyes. This is why patients usually wear protective eyewear after the operation to make sure that no dirt gets to the eye, or that they don’t accidentally scratch it.

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