Follow-up care/instructions and appointments at The LASIK Vision Institute are an important part of your recovery. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and are as comfortable as possible.
Your first post-operative appointment will be 24 to 48 hours after your LASIK eye surgery. Your LASIK doctor will test your vision, make sure your eyes are healing properly, and answer any questions you may have. It is usually ok to resume driving after this appointment. Also, at this appointment, you will make your subsequent follow-up appointments, which can be anywhere from 1 week, 3 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after your laser surgery, depending on your needs and your doctor’s recommendation.
Continue to use the prescribed drops and/or medicines to lubricate your eyes. Keep wearing your eye shields while you sleep, and refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes. Lotions, creams, and eye make-up should also be avoided for about 7 days after LASIK surgery.
It’s a good idea to protect your eyes anytime you are outside, day or night, for the first 2-3 weeks following LASIK surgery. Sunglasses work well for this during the day, and clear protective glasses can be worn while out at night.
While you’ll be able to resume most activities after a day or so, you’ll want to limit strenuous activity, continue to rest your eyes, and avoid tasks that could result in getting dust or dirt in them. While many people return to work the day following their LASIK eye surgery, others take a bit more time.
Continue to avoid getting water in your eyes within the first 72 hours after a laser eye surgery procedure. Water activities such as swimming and hot tubs should be avoided for several weeks.
Reading, working on the computer and watching television can be resumed 24 hours after LASIK surgery. If necessary, you may want to keep your eyes lubricated during these activities.
Each person’s healing pattern is unique so be sure to resume activities based on your doctor’s instruction and recommendation.