Congratulations on your Los Angeles LASIK surgery! Now that you’re on your way out, your ophthalmologist has already been given the aftercare instructions. A common question that most new patients may be wondering is if it’s okay to get back to normal screen-related activities, including watching television, checking your email, or scrolling through your social media feed during your short recovery period. Whether you use technology primarily for work or recreation, learn what you need to know:
How long do I need to wait to use screens again after Los Angeles laser eye surgery?
You will refrain from watching television, using a computer or smartphone, playing video games, or using any other device with a screen for 24 hours after your LASIK surgery has been completed. Over the following few days, you can gradually increase your screen time after this initial period of rest. Generally speaking, a few days after LASIK, you’ll be able to use your computer without any restrictions. It’s crucial to realize that these are merely general recommendations. The recovery rate for each person’s eyes varies, and our eye surgeons will provide a specific time frame based on how quickly your eyes heal.
We understand how difficult it can be to avoid necessary technology, even for one day. We recommend letting family, friends, and co-workers know that you will be unable to respond to any texts or emails following your Los Angeles LASIK procedure. Additionally, ask someone you trust to hold onto your devices or use sticky notes to remind you not to use them. It’s second nature to all of us in the 21st century, so better to be safe than sorry. So go ahead and read a book, chat with a neighbor, or enjoy some gardening on your eyes’ “day off.”
Using technology in the weeks after LASIK
Your eyes will still be healing for a few weeks after LASIK. As a result, they might be more likely to experience moisture loss and dry eyes. Since we tend to blink less when gazing at a computer screen, using one may worsen this problem. In the initial weeks following LASIK, using the artificial tears your Los Angeles LASIK surgeon provided you, consciously blinking while using screens, and taking breaks are all important to maintaining eye health.
Throughout the LASIK recovery process, you should also get plenty of sleep. Your eyes get a chance to rest for several hours while you sleep. For a few weeks after LASIK, try to get to bed early and refrain from using your phone or computer in bed before you turn in. And as always, it’s wise to pay attention to your body. Turn off the computer to give your eyes more time to rest if you become irritated or uncomfortable while using it. It would be best if you didn’t exert too much effort in the initial weeks following LASIK. You’ll get better results if you give your eyes the required healing time.
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