If you are considering laser vision correction surgery, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions we hear at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists is “Do I need to use eye drops and for how long?” In this blog, our expert LASIK surgeon, Dr. Reza M. Mozayeni, discusses his protocol for eye drops before and after all laser LASIK surgery.
LASIK patients at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists will be using two drops prior to their procedure. All patients are provided with clear written instructions in addition to reviewing with our surgical coordinator two days before your procedure.
You will continue to use both the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops after your all-laser LASIK surgery. These drops will be used multiple times per day for several days. You should follow the instructions provided by your surgeon. Additionally, you will add preservative free artificial tear lubricating drops to your routine.
You will, based on your surgeon instructions, discontinue the use of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops several days after your procedure. The artificial tear lubricating drops will be used for several weeks but the frequency of use will taper each week.
You can always use additional drops or increase the frequency. Keeping your eyes lubricated and comfortable is crucial during the healing process.
Yes, Dr. Mozayeni always indicates to use preservative free drops.
For the first two weeks after LASIK, Dr. Mozayeni asks that you use individual vials, not the large bottles of preservative free artificial tear lubricating drops. This greatly reduces the risk of infection. After two weeks you can move on to the large bottle format.
Dr. Mozayeni recommends Systane, Refresh, TheraTears, GenTeal and Optive.
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