LASIK Eye Surgery Post-Op Protocol
One of the most important parts of LASIK eye surgery is what you do after surgery takes place. Following both pre-op and post-op instructions as directed by your surgeon contributes to an optimal result. During an initial consultation for LASIK eye surgery at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we make sure you understand what’s involved in the hours, days and weeks following your procedure.
LASIK eye surgery is a straightforward procedure, but it is not simple, and following your doctor’s post-op instructions is critical to obtain an optimal result. We pulled together what to expect regarding drops/medications during your LASIK recovery and what to avoid in the weeks of your LASIK recovery.
The LASIK Eye Surgery Post-Op Appointment
Although your vision may be excellent within 24 hours of surgery, your LASIK recovery is still underway. Your corneas are still actively healing, and they need to be cared for with all post-op instructions provided by your surgeon. Attending all post-op appointments as instructed by your surgeon is key. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, all of these LASIK eye surgery post-op appointments are all included in the price.
The following is a typical post-op appointment schedule:
- 1 day
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
However, if between appointments you have any concerns about your vision or how your eyes feel, call your doctor’s office immediately. Dr. Mozayeni will see you as often as necessary.
LASIK Eye Surgery Post-Op: Ocular Drops/Prescriptions
Your LASIK surgeon will provide you with a very specific post-op regimen of your drops. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s directions regarding brand name vs generic, number of drops, number of times/day and for how many days or weeks.
For optimal results, patients should use the following drops, according to your surgeon's instructions:
- An anti-inflammatory
- An antibiotic
- Artificial tears/lubricating drops (always preservative free)
LASIK Eye Surgery Post-Op: Things to Avoid
There are several things you should avoid during the post-op period.
For 14 days after surgery, all patients should avoid the following:
- Rubbing eyes
- All swimming & hot tubs
Also during your LASIK recovery, all patients should avoid the following for 7 days:
- Dust, smoke, yard work
- Eye make-up
- Ceiling fans while sleeping
Your LASIK recovery should go well as long as you follow instructions and attend your post-op appointments. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact your surgeon, that is why they are there!
To learn more about LASIK eye surgery post-op protocol, contact us today!