People relying on glasses or contacts undergo Lasik surgery for many reasons: For instance, for those who work in a very dynamic environment, it is a huge boon not to wear these “unnecessary” and “disturbing” tools. The idea of having his vision improved after the surgery is another good reason for undergoing the surgery. Many patients have successfully undergone Lasik in the past. However, in order to have the best possible result from the surgery, there are some guidelines you should abide by.
First of all, before deciding to undergo the surgery, your eye practitioner is supposed to have done a thorough eye exam. He should also know everything about your previous eye diseases as this information is crucial to determine your eligibility to the surgery. Indeed, there are things that could decide your eligibility to the surgery. Therefore, before undergoing the Lasik surgery, you should make sure that you must respect by the pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
Shortly before the surgery your eye care professional will discuss additional stuff with you in order to make sure you understand these instructions. He will also explain to you these post-operative instructions. For instance, according to these recommendations, you may be asked not to drive your car, go to work for several days after the surgery, regularly meet your eye care professional after the surgery in order to check that everything is going well, not to use any make-up, touch your eyes or get some break.
The Lasik surgeon will tell you that it is forbidden to drive your car shortly after the surgery. The length of this period usually depends on the healing time of your eyes. Some patients are asked to resume driving at least two days after the operation and this is not for a long distance. For those having night vision problems, they should definitely reduce their nighttime driving for some days after the surgery. For those having a high sensitivity to light they are strongly advised to wear sunglasses when driving during daytime. Remember, that you may need to miss some working days so you should immediately inform you employer. All these ensure that your eyes will receive the necessary rest required for the healing process.
Another thing you should not do is to completely forget your post-operative meeting with your eye care professional. These meetings are designed to make sure that the healing process is going well and they are supposed to take place one week, one month or up to three months after the surgery. Of course, you should book these meetings before the actual surgery is supposed to take place. These meetings are crucial for the healing process.
Another common mistake is the usage of make-up. Any make-up is strongly not recommended. These include lipstick and facial lotions. You are also required not to wear any make-up for at least three days before or after the day of the surgery. Some Lasik surgeons will even advise you not to use make-up two days after the surgery. Of course, after that period you may resume using make-up but not those that are applied to your eyes. You should check with the Lasik surgeon when you are supposed to use eye make-up. This may be about a week after the surgery or even longer depending on your surgeon. It is important to follow these rules because you can infect your eyes otherwise, even worse you can damage your eyes so be careful. Finally you should not use any soap or lotions for a couple of days after the surgery.
Your surgery will also advise you not to touch your eyes for any reason except eye drops. It is strictly forbidden to use anything that is to enter the eye area. Some patients will even receive eye protectors to cover their eyes when they are sleeping. These protectors are designed to avoid any rubbing or poking when sleeping. You can increase the risk of infection by touching your eyes. These can delay or even damage the healing process.
You should not exercise less than two days after the Lasik surgery. When you will resume these sporting activities you should be very careful. Indoor activities are allowed one day after the surgery while outdoor ones required eye shields. General activities such as reading, working on the computer, watching TV are generally allowed a day after the surgery but you should use eye drops. Other activities such as playing with children, having sex and sunbathing are allowed after three days provided you have a proper care. Physical activities such as jogging, fighting are allowed after a week. Extreme activities require permission from your Lasik surgeon and are generally allowed three months after the surgery.