Posted by: Manhattan LASIK Center

Doing the right things in the hours and days following your LASIK procedure can help to ensure the success of your procedure and help your eyes to heal and to recover as quickly as possible following your treatment. Here’s what you need to know about what to do immediately after LASIK laser vision correction surgery in Paramus, NJ.

Getting Home After LASIK

You will be unable to drive yourself home following LASIK, and even if you intend on using public transport, it is important to have someone with you who can help you if your eyesight is compromised – which it is likely to be. Make sure that you have arranged this before you come in for your LASIK treatment.

Wearing Sunglasses

You will be advised that it is essential that you wear sunglasses for your trip home, and for any other time that you spend outside for the first few days following your procedure. This is because your eyes, which can be affected by excessive exposure to UV light at any time, will be particularly sensitive. You may even be given a pair of special sunglasses to wear as part of your recovery. 

Resting At Home

As soon as you arrive home, you should try to rest with your eyes closed for between two and four hours. Taking a nap is ideal since you won’t be tempted to open your eyes and sleep can help your body to heal. Don’t forget to wear the eye shields provided while you sleep as these will prevent you from inadvertently touching your eyes and increasing your risk of complications. 

Using Your Eyedrops

Our LASIK surgeon in Paramus, NJ will prescribe you eye drops which should be used exactly as directed following your LASIK laser vision correction procedure. These are antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drops, and artificial tears that will help to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable while they heal, and this is important since dry eyes are one of the most common side effects of LASIK. 

Avoid Strenuous Visual Activities

Your LASIK surgeon will also advise that you avoid any visual activities that have the capacity to be strenuous in some way. This means that you should avoid looking at a smartphone or other digital devices, watching television, and reading. Try and relax, listen to music or download some audiobooks to keep you amused. 

Don’t Touch!

One of the most important things that you can do to minimize your risk of complications following LASIK is to avoid touching your eyes. This also means that cosmetics shouldn’t be worn on the face, ideally for at least 72 hours. You should also avoid getting soap and water in your eyes for several days. 

Your LASIK laser eye surgeon should give you all the information that you need regarding what to do immediately following your procedure and how you can best care for your eyes. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert eye care team in Paramus, NJ today.