You will have a follow-up appointment the day after your LASIK surgery, for a vision check and to ensure that your corneas are healing as they should. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described this is an excellent opportunity to ask about them. You will have additional appointments during the healing period at intervals determined our LASIK surgeon. We carefully monitor the progress of our patients after the LASIK surgery.
You will need to wear sunglasses if you go outdoors during the day. For the first four or five nights, you should wear eye shields during sleep, and for longer if pets or children share your bed.
There are several things you should not do during the period that your eyes are healing.
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- Do not rub your eyes. This can cause the corneal flap to dislodge.
- During the first week after your procedure, there several things you should avoid: eye makeup, smoke, garden or yardwork, and exposure to dust. You can bathe as usual but keep soap and water out of your eyes.
- During the first two weeks after your surgery, some activities are restricted. You should not swim or submerge your head in water. Avoid hot tubs. If you use a computer for an extended period of time, this has the potential to exacerbate the discomfort from dry eye. You may want to take regular breaks, and apply your artificial teardrops as needed. You can exercise, but if your preferred exercise involves things such as balls or racquets, you need to wear protective eyewear.