Recovering After Your LASIK Procedure
- After your procedure the best thing to do is to go home and sleep, this will help your eyes heal and you will sleep through the discomfort that you may experience directly after surgery.
- Please be aware that after LASIK surgery your eyes will be irritated and light sensitive. Your eyes may burn, sting, and tear excessively and you may feel a foreign body sensation. Do not rub your eyes. This usually dissipates within 24 hours after the procedure.
- It is okay to take a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. Take one or two tablets of Tylenol or Advil every four to six hours as needed to alleviate discomfort.
- If necessary, you may gently dab-dry the corner of the eyelids and lashes.
Things to Remember During LASIK Recovery
- Fully blink your eyes (without squeezing hard) several times per minute for the first two hours. This will help smooth the cornea. “Drink and Blink.”
- To prevent dehydration, do not consume alcohol, caffeine, or chocolate. Drink plenty of water the entire day.
- Wear the sunglasses provided. Most other varieties do not provide adequate protection (rated UV 400 or better).
- Watching television is okay. Refrain from reading or computer work for one day.
- Follow your eye medication regimen.
- Wear your eye shields or specialized goggles at night. Use the tape to fasten shields to your eyes.
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