LASIK: Steps Involved 4 of 4
IV. After Care -- What to expect during your post-op visits:
Freedom and comfort
- Post op visits are at 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.
- Your visits will consist of monitoring your vision, corneal flap check,
and status of overall health of eye.
- Summary of post op instructions are listed below:
Protect Your Eye
The corneal "flap" is not sutured or glued down. It will adhere by itself
over the course of one to two weeks. Therefore, it is very important that
you not rub the eye vigorously or go swimming during this period. You can
wipe the eye with a tissue or washcloth, but gently please. If you
know that you will have a tough time keeping your hands away from your
eyes, or are a rough sleeper, we can provide you with temporary eye shields.
You may take a shower or bath the morning after the procedure, but do
not allow the water from the shower head to strike you directly in the
face for at least one week after surgery. You may shave and wash your face,
but again wipe your eyes gently and do not allow water to get into the
To reduce the possibility that makeup might get under the flap before
it heals, do not use mascara or eyeliner for at least one week after the
The evening of the laser procedure, we suggest that you go home and
take it easy. Watch some TV or do a little reading, but don't overdo it
as your eyes may become more irritated. Most patients are able to return
to deskwork and driving within the first day or so. Other activities such
as running, weight lifting, tennis, etc., can be resumed as soon as you
feel able. However in the first few weeks, if there is any possibility
that you might take a direct blow to the eye (e.g., racquet sports), you
should wear protective eyewear.
The first night after the procedure, you may notice mild irritation,
redness, and tearing, almost as if there is a hair or a scratch in the
eye. This is normal and in most cases is almost completely gone the next
morning. You can take Tylenol, aspirin, or Motrin if you need relief from
Return Of Vision
Your vision should return very quickly- most people have enough vision
to return to work and drive within one or two days. However, because there
are individual variations in healing, some patients may take up to a week
or more to reach their final vision, and may need temporary glasses, especially
for reading, postoperatively. This is especially true in patients over
forty years old who may need to use reading glasses permanently.
We should examine your eye(s) the day after your laser procedure. Our
surgical coordinator will schedule your one day and one week post op visits
prior to the procedures. Other follow-up visits are performed at one month,
three months, six months, and one year. Please call our office if you do
not have an appointment time.
You will notice several eye drops in the kit you have been given. These
should be started right after surgery as follows:
Flarex and Ciloxan -- one drop of each to the eye(s) four
times a day --breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime. You may wait about two
minutes between each drop. You should use these medications for one week,
unless we tell you differently.
Tears Naturale -- these help lubricate the eye(s) and can
be used to reduce irritation, especially in the first few days after the
procedure. These can be used as often as you wish, but wait a few minutes
if you have just put in the medications, as the tear drop will wash them
out. Some patients will notice a slight irritation in the eye(s) for several
weeks after the laser- this is not abnormal and you can keep using the
tears if needed.
What You Should Report To US
You will notice slight irritation and blurred vision for the first day
or so after your procedure. If you notice severe or increasing pain, or
a significant change in your vision call us immediately.
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