Tips for Reducing Discomfort After LASIK Surgery

Reducing LASIK Discomfort - El Paso


Jun 23, 2015 @ 08:52 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Recovery | Side Effects |

A woman whose eye is lit by a laserHere at El Paso Eye Surgeons, we always ensure that patients get the information they need to make smart, well-informed choices about eye care. This is of particular importance with LASIK surgery, which can enhance vision without glasses or contacts.

Letting patients know about the results of surgery and the recovery process gives them realistic expectations about the procedure as a whole. With that in mind, let's look at way that patients can reduce the discomfort they experience after LASIK is performed.

Avoid Straining Your Eyes for the First Day or So

In the first 24 to 48 hours, a patient's eyes will be especially sensitive and weak, which is why resting the eyes is so important for proper healing that is free from major discomfort. Avoid watching TV, using your computer or mobile device, reading, or playing video games in that first day or so to prevent eyestrain and soreness.

Wear Your LASIK Goggles as Directed to Protect Your Eyes

LASIK goggles are worn in order to prevent accidental contact with the eyes as you heal and to ensure the best post-surgical healing results possible. Be sure to wear these goggles as directed as they can help prevent complications that would lead to further discomfort.

Wear Sunglasses and a Hat Whenever You're Outdoors

Light sensitivity is common in the first days of LASIK surgery, and it can be quite uncomfortable being outdoors with direct sunlight coming down. This is why it's important for patients to wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim while outside. This will shield the eyes from harsh sunlight and reduce the amount of discomfort in the process.

Avoid Smoky, Dusty, and Arid Places

Attacks of dry eye can be extremely irritating, and they are common as LASIK patients heal from the procedure. In order to prevent dry eye attacks, it's a good idea for patients to avoid places that are dry, dusty, smoky, or arid. These kinds of environments are more likely to cause a dry eye attack. Knowing situations to avoid can be very helpful.

Carry Liquid Tears with You Wherever You Go

If you do experience an attack of dry eye, do not worry. These moments of irritation can be easily addressed thanks to the use of liquid tears. Carry lubricating eye drops with you at all times for several weeks after surgery in order to address dry eye.

Visit Your LASIK Surgeon for All Follow-up Appointments

After LASIK surgery, you will have a few follow-up visits with your surgeon so your healing progress can be monitored. Make sure to attend all of these visits as scheduled and to discuss any concerns you have about pain or discomfort.

Speak with Your LASIK Surgeon for Any Urgent Matters

While healing, you may notice some acute discomfort or other issues that may be of particular concern. Feel free to contact your LASIK surgeon about these issues as they arise so that they may be addressed as soon as possible. Being attentive can help prevent complications from occurring.

Schedule a Consultation at El Paso Eye Surgeons

To learn more about LASIK surgery and how it can help you see clearly without glasses or contacts, be sure to contact our vision correction and laser eye surgery centers today. The team here at El Paso Eye Surgeons looks forward to discussing your treatment options with you in greater detail.