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The first few weeks after LASIK are an exciting time. Your vision is back! Now, help keep it intact by following our “Life After LASIK” guidelines and aftercare instructions.

Caring for your eyes after LASIK

Please be advised that your follow-up care is as important as the actual laser eye surgery. You are required to come into our Los Angeles office within 24 hours of your procedure for your first post-operative appointment.

Immediately after the surgery, you should continue using your eye medications. Take your antibiotic eye medication every even hour (12pm, 2pm, 4pm, etc.) and your steroid medication every odd hour (1pm, 3pm, 5pm, etc.). Avoid rubbing your eyes for six weeks following your treatment. If your eyes itch, notify Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet, and an anti-itch medication can be prescribed.

You may take a shower the day after surgery, but keep your eyes closed. Don’t allow water to spray directly in your face, and avoid soap and shampoo in your eyes for one full week. You should not submerge in any body of water (including pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.) for at least two weeks, and you should avoid scuba diving for three weeks.

When outdoors, use sunglasses during the first four weeks to protect your eyes from wind and dust. At bedtime, wear your eye shield for at least one week if you sleep on your back or side, and two weeks if you sleep on your stomach. This will prevent you from rubbing your eyes during asleep. In terms of activity, light exercise is permissible, but excessive workouts should be avoided for at least five days. For one week after your procedure, you should avoid wearing mascara. However, it is okay to apply eye shadow and other make-up.

Recovering from your procedure

Immediately after LASIK, we recommend returning home and going to sleep. This will allow your eyes to heal, and you’ll sleep through the worst part of the post-surgical discomfort. After surgery, you can expect your eyes to be irritated and sensitive to light. They may burn, sting and tear excessively, and you may feel like something is stuck in your eye. These sensations typically dissipate within 24 hours. In the meantime, do not rub your eyes. If you’re experiencing considerable discomfort, you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil.

In addition, here are a few other guidelines to keep in mind throughout your recovery:

  • Fully blink your eyes (without squeezing hard) several times per minute for the first two hours. This will help smooth the cornea.
  • To prevent dehydration, do not consume alcohol, caffeine or chocolate. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Wear the sunglasses provided by the Benjamin Eye Institute. Most other varieties do not provide adequate protection (rated UV 400 or better).
  • Watching television is okay. However, refrain from reading or working on the computer for one day.
  • Follow your eye medication regimen.
  • Wear your eye shields or specialized goggles at night. Use the tape to fasten the shields to your eyes.

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    Doe G.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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