Laser eye surgery: Dos and don'ts

07 April 2022

Author: SAYU

laser eye surgery dos and don'ts

Laser eye surgery recovery


If you've had a lifetime of glasses and contact lenses to correct your eyesight, then laser eye surgery can feel like a dream come true. However, there are some dos and don’ts that you should follow after your laser eye surgery in order to achieve the best recovery and result possible.



1. Don’t drive home

Although you may feel fine just after your surgery, your vision won’t be perfect, so make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home. Don’t resume driving until your optometrist has advised that it is safe for you to do so.


2. Do follow instructions

Your surgeon will give you instructions as to how best to take care of your eyes after surgery. Follow these to the letter for the best healing results!


3. Don't use electronics

This one might be difficult, but it is important to avoid using electronics and screens as much as possible for 24 hours after your surgery. Rest your eyes and don’t be tempted to text, email or turn on your TV. Some patients find that listening to an audio book is a good way to fill the time.


4. Do blink

Your eyes may feel dry after your surgery - so make sure that you blink more often than usual to keep them hydrated. This will help them to stay healthy and heal well.


5. Don't touch your eyes

While it may be tempting to rub or touch your eyes after your surgery, this is a major no-no. You may get dirt in your eyes and irritate them, and potentially affect the results of your surgery.



6. Do clean your face

Your face can attract a fair amount of dirt and environmental pollutants throughout the day. In order to keep your eyes safe, ensure that you are cleaning your face regularly, but without touching or getting water in your eyes.


7. Don't reach for the makeup

While you are avoiding touching your eyes, remember that makeup should also be left to one side for now. Don’t apply face makeup for one week after your surgery, and avoid wearing eye makeup for two weeks


8. Do take some time off

While you will not need an extended period of time away from work after laser eye surgery, it is advised that you take at least 24 hours to rest. You should also avoid reading printed materials for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.


9. Don't exercise

Putting any strain on your body for the first few days after your surgery is a big don’t! That means you will need to avoid exercising or doing any kind of sport for at least a week after your surgery. The length of time you’ll need to wait may differ depending on what kind of sport you love. For example, gentle exercise such as yoga is permitted a week after surgery , whereas contact sports are not advisable for three months. You can read more about our post-surgery exercise guidelines in a dedicated blog post here.


10. Do protect your eyes

After your surgery, you should wear protective eyewear recommended by your surgeon. Even once you are out of the initial recovery stage, you should continue to wear sunglasses when outside for at least a year after your surgery, and goggles if you work in environments with dust and debris.


With these tips in mind, you should be ready to take care of your eyes in the best way possible after your surgery. Remember that laser eye surgery is a medical procedure and you should take the time to recover adequately.

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