Are you thinking about getting LASIK? Are you trying to figure out how to prepare for the procedure? Congratulations on deciding to get LASIK! Your life is about to change for the better.
Like any surgery, it’s important to be fully prepared. For many people, it’s a fear of the unknown that keeps them from going through with something like LASIK.
If you want to be prepared, it’s important to know what to expect from LASIK. This will help you understand the procedure and what it involves.
You should also have an idea of what the recovery process will be like after. Keep reading for 5 things you can expect after LASIK!
1. Results from LASIK
When you have surgery, it’s typical to want immediate and instant results. But that may not always be the case when you get LASIK.
It’s normal if you have LASIK and your vision isn’t perfect or crystal clear right away. The first thing you might do when you get LASIK is to come home and sleep. This is actually one of the best things you can do to start your recovery off on the right foot.
Usually, patients start to notice real changes after a few days. A few days after LASIK, your vision will start to stabilize and become clearer. Over time, your vision will keep improving. After about six months to a year, your vision will stop changing and improving.
2. No Make-Up
After LASIK eye surgery, it is important to keep your eyes clean and free of bacteria. One way to keep your eyes bacteria and infection-free are to skip wearing eye make-up for at least a month.
The different tools that you use to apply make-up have bacteria on them. Using those tools to apply make-up post LASIK can cause an infection.
This is the exact opposite of what you want after you have your procedure! Also, using make-up and related tools can increase the chances of poking yourself in the eye.
Post-surgery, it is important that you don’t touch or rub your eyes.
3. Minimal Activities
Post-LASIK, you need to remain calm and avoid some of your everyday activities and hobbies. One of the activities you need to skip is swimming.
For at least a month, you are not allowed to go swimming. This means you must avoid pools, hot tubs, lakes, and the ocean.
Bodies of water are the perfect place for bacteria to grow. Post-surgery, it is important to avoid anything that can cause infections.
This includes bodies of water. After LASIK, your eyes are at a higher risk of getting an infection and need enough time to properly heal.
4. No Driving
On the day of your procedure, you cannot drive yourself home. Make sure you have someone that can drive you to and from your procedure.
You may be under the influence of a mild sedative, and your eyes may still be blurry from the numbing eye drops. Either way, you are not safe to drive the day that you have LASIK.
Making these arrangements in advance is important. Making these plans earlier than later will help you stay calm as your surgery approaches.
5. Eye Sensitivity
After having LASIK, you might experience some temporary side effects. Two of the most common side effects are dry eye and sensitivity to light.
These side effects typically last for a few weeks to a month. You need to follow all the instructions your surgeon provides. This is key if you want to reduce these symptoms and have a successful recovery.
If you experience any pain, contact your doctor. Understanding what to expect post-surgery helps keep you calm before the procedure. Make sure to ask your doctor any questions you might have.
Are you ready to find out if you’re a good LASIK candidate? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Cutarelli Vision in Denver, CO to start your visual freedom journey!
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