Aftercare is an extremely important part of your laser eye surgery treatment. After the treatment, your eyes are very sensitive, so protecting them is critical to ensure you reduce the risks of compilations, and see the best results possible.
At Optegra, we are proud to offer a well-rounded after care programme to all our laser eye surgery patients to ensure that every individual gets back on their feet, complication free, and in no time at all.
Each laser eye surgery treatment has different recovery periods, however the following guidance will give you a broad understanding of the laser eye surgery aftercare process.
After your treatment, you will be required to stay in the eye health clinic, or hospital, until you feel completely comfortable to make your way home. It is against the law to drive immediately after, so make sure you have organised transport, or have a family member or friend with you, to help you get home.
Aftercare during the first 2 days
Try to avoid having a shower immediately following your treatment, and during the first day of your recovery. We also advise not going into work for 1 – 2 days after your treatment, especially following LASIK, ReLEx SMILE or LASEK, to give your eyes the best chance to fully heal.
No matter where you work, your eyes will be exposed to different types of strain, so if you do need to venture outside try to stay close to home, just in case you feel any discomfort.
During the first few days of your aftercare, you may be required to attend a follow-up exam. During this appointment, the ophthalmic surgeon will review your eye health and determine if you will be able to drive and use gadgets, such as mobile phones and tablets. On average, most patients will be back on the road within the first couple of days, however we highly recommend waiting at least a week before exposing your eyes to smart phones and computers.
Aftercare during the first week
During the first week, it is crucial that you reduce the chances of exposing your eyes to irritation. For instance, do not wear any eye make-up, apply any products around your eyes, or get soap or water in your eyes. Try to avoid being around smoke or people who smoke. This is also the case for dust as this can increase the temptation and chances of rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes during the first stages of aftercare can cause severe discomfort and increases the risk of complications.
After day 3, your eyes will have recovered enough for you to start exercising again, such as going on the treadmill or going on a bike ride. However, we advise waiting at least a week before practicing yoga and aerobic exercises. If you weight lift, we advise waiting at least two weeks before continuing with your exercise routine. Weight lifting adds strain to lots of your muscles, including your eyes, so it is best to allow as long as possible for the eyes to recover before participating in this sort of exercise training.
Aftercare after a month
After a month, your eyes will be well on the road to recovery and will have adjusted enough to enjoy sports such as tennis, football, swimming, cricket and snowboarding. We advise waiting at least a month after your procedure before using a steam room or sauna.
If you are planning on travelling or going on holiday soon after your laser eye surgery, we recommend waiting at least 10 days before taking a trip away. However, the longer you can wait to travel, the more time your eyes will have to heal and there will be a minimal risk of complications.
At Optegra, we understand that every individual is different, so understanding how best to look after your eyes after your treatment is crucial. If you have any other questions regarding your recovery, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.
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