Patients who desire to reduce their need for eyeglasses and contacts can benefit from LASIK surgery at our Philadelphia, PAophthalmology practice. This procedure reshapes the cornea using laser technology.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain side effects that are to be expected. Today, our team at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC discusses how to reduce or prevent pain after LASIK so patients can enjoy a comfortable, successful recovery.
Will I Experience Pain after LASIK?
Some degree of discomfort is typical following LASIK, although most patients report the soreness is mild. Other side effects of treatment include dry, itchy eyes and heightened temporary sensitivity.
How Long Will Discomfort Last?
Although discomfort is normal after LASIK, it can be a minor inconvenience. Most individuals state that tenderness lasts a few days and begins to diminish after that.
Tips to Reduce Discomfort after LASIK
Knowing what to anticipate during the healing period can help you enjoy a smooth and successful recovery. In the sections below, we will explore a few tips to reduce discomfort after LASIK.
#1: Rest Your Eyes
One of the most important things to do after LASIK is simply rest your eyes. Although it can be difficult, we recommend avoiding screens for approximately 48 hours after surgery.
This includes TV, tablets, smartphones, and computers. These things can cause unnecessary strain and hinder the healing process. When you are not napping, try listening to audio books, music, or podcasts.
#2: Take All Medication as Directed
You will be provided with post-operative instructions. Part of these will explain which medications to take, and how often. In most cases, patients take prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers. Take these as directed to prevent pain from occurring.
#3: Wear Eye Shields as Directed
Eye shields are typically given to help patients avoid accidentally rubbing or touching the eyes. These should be worn exactly as directed to keep healing on track.
#4: Use Eye Drops
Medicated eye drops are generally provided to aid the healing process. Your surgeon will likely recommend lubricating drops as well. These should be administered daily, as instructed by your physician.
#5: Reduce the Risk of Dry Eyes
As aforementioned, dry eyes are a common side effect of LASIK. The lubricating drops will help immensely. In addition, however, it is important that you steer clear of places in which dry eyes could be exacerbated. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid dust, smoke, sand, and similar environments.
#6: Wear Sunglasses and a Hat When Outdoors
For the first several days after your LASIK surgery, your eyes will be extremely sensitive to light. If at all possible, we recommend staying indoors during this time. However, if you must go outside, wear sunglasses with total UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
Should you experience unmanageable pain after LASIK, call our office right away. By addressing matters as soon as possible, we can help you reduce discomfort and avoid further complications. For more information, contact us online or call us at one of our six locations.