People who wear prescription glasses often turn to contact lenses for practicality reasons–they can wear it and forget about it the entire day. Unfortunately, contact lenses are not only a mere temporary fix to eyesight problems, but may also be a dangerous one. If your contact lenses are not maintained diligently, it can result in an eye irritation or infection.
LASIK eye surgery, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a type of corrective eye surgery for those who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK reshapes the cornea so it can properly focus the light to the back of the eye. Unlike contact lenses, LASIK is a more permanent solution for those with impaired vision.
To ensure success, there are steps patients must follow before, during, and after a LASIK procedure.
Work with Your Surgeon
Patients will need an initial evaluation before commencing surgery. At this stage, don’t forget to inform your doctor about your eye health history and if you are currently taking any medication. If the doctor confirms that you are a good candidate for LASIK, go ahead and start arranging your transportation to and from your surgery. Remember that you are not allowed to drive right after a LASIK procedure.
Never Wear Cosmetics
The procedure normally lasts no more than 30 minutes. Avoid cream, moisturizer, makeup, or perfume the night before the appointment. They might increase the risk of infection during and after the procedure.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
It’s normal for your vision to be hazy, and your eyes itchy. Make sure to resist the temptation of rubbing your eyes. Stay at home for a few days until these symptoms subside. Don’t neglect your follow-up visits.
During these visits, the doctor will evaluate your eye condition. To prevent infection, you shouldn’t use any eye creams and makeup for two weeks after LASIK, or until the doctor allows it. Avoid swimming and hot tubs for one month as well as contact sports for at least four weeks after surgery.
The success of the LASIK procedure depends on many things, but following these tips will prevent many things that could hurt you. The most important aspect of LASIK eye surgery is to choose an experienced doctor or clinic.