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As with any surgical procedure, your body needs time to recover after you have a laser eye surgery procedure such as LASIK, PRK or SMILE®.
Here are some tips that can help promote a speedy recovery.
You will be given goggles or eye shields before you are discharged. You’ll need to wear them when sleeping for the first few nights – these will prevent you from touching your eyes during the night.
This is extremely important, particularly during the first 7 days following laser eye surgery.
As part of your post-op recovery, you will have been given a series of eye drops. It is essential that you administer the drops as advised by your doctor.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and keep them away from your face. This is particularly important before applying eye drops. Minimising infection risk is critical after laser eye surgery.
When you first return home after having laser eye surgery, resting your eyes is important. Sleep is the only time that our body has a real opportunity to repair, and this is true for laser eye surgery as well.
It may go without saying, however, it’s worth reiterating – after laser eye surgery, avoid smoky rooms, dusty environments or areas with chemical vapours such as science labs, printing shops, darkrooms etc.
Your eyes will be sensitive to light after laser eye surgery. Avoid extreme levels of sunlight. When you do go outside, wear sunglasses. Some people find that wearing sunglasses indoors also helps.
You will be advised not to participate in contact sports for one week after SMILE® and 2–4 weeks after ASLA/PRK. You will need to wait 4 weeks after LASIK before resuming contact sports or physical activities.
You’ll also be asked not to swim for at least two weeks.
For one week following laser eye surgery, you will need to avoid wearing eye make-up.
Your vision will fluctuate during the first few days and weeks after laser eye surgery, and you may see halos around lights. Your eyes may also feel gritty temporarily.
Remember to treat the recovery period after laser eye surgery seriously and follow your surgeon’s instructions. If you have any concerns, always contact the clinic for advice.
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