LASIK Recovery

June 9, 2011 — by Dr. Zimmer
Tags: Lasik Laser Vision Corrections Refractive Surgery

LASIK surgery is a great way for people to enhance the quality of their vision without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK may be just what you’ve always wanted. When you visit the Pittsburgh area LASIK center of InSightSM LASIK & Refractive Group, we will perform a full vision evaluation and determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK or another refractive surgery option such as Pittsburgh PRK.

After you have undergone LASIK or PRK, it’s important that you follow our instructions for post-operative care. Following these instructions will reduce the chances of serious complications following surgery and will ensure that you heal and are fully recovered in as little time as possible. We’ll go over these issues in greater detail during the consultation process, but we’d like briefly cover these issues in brief detail right now so you know what to expect.

The recovery period after LASIK is generally short compared to other surgeries. This is because the surgery is rather discreet in nature. In the first 24 hours after the surgery, avoid reading, watching television, using the computer, and any other activities that may put strain on your eyes. You will want to remain as relaxed as possible, and it’s important that you get a lot of rest in this initial period.

Be sure to wear sunglasses at all times for the first few days in order prevent irritation from the sun. Avoid rubbing your eyes during the first several days after LASIK surgery, and be sure to take baths rather than showers for the first day or two as you want to avoid water getting into your eyes during this period. Do not use eye make-up for the first week after LASIK surgery. Again, it’s important that you avoid potentially irritating your eyes.

In addition to the above, you will need to visit our office for follow-up appointments after your surgery. These will be to monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing properly. If you face any major pain or irritation during the recovery period, you are encouraged to call us and visit the office so we can see how you’re doing.

To learn more about LASIK, PRK, and other options for enhancing your vision, contact our Pittsburgh area laser vision correction center today.