How to Avoid Complications after Laser Eye Surgery

Michelle Hopkins

One of the best parts about laser eye surgery is the fact that the recovery time is relatively short. However, during the time when your eyes are healing, they are more vulnerable to being damaged by abrasive particles and forceful impact. Here are some tips that you can follow in order to make sure that your eyes are not damaged, slowing your recovery time.

1. Avoid Taking Showers

When you need to clean yourself, you want to be sure that you take baths rather than showers. This is because when you are in the shower, you have a larger potential for having your eyes suffer an impact. This can increase your overall recovery time because it has the chance of causing slight damage to your eyes with each impact. In order to avoid this, you can take baths. Baths allow you to angle the water that you put on your head so that it doesn't go down your face, making it easy to keep your eyes from suffering any impact.

When you are done taking a bath, you want to be very careful to not dry your eye lids because this will put pressure on your eyes, increasing the chance that you will damage them. By keeping your eyes safe from pressure and impact, you are able to reduce the chances that you develop complications after your laser eye surgery.

2. Stay Away from Sports

Your doctor will be able to tell you when you are able to go back to playing sports. He or she will tell you to initially avoid them because you will have a difficult time playing them until your reflexes and depth perception recover after the surgery, as well as because there's a chance that another person playing the sport will inadvertently hit you, potentially resulting in complications after the surgery. Once your doctor has checked your eyes and made sure that they are resilient enough to handle a potential impact, you're good to go.

3. Consider Wearing Goggles

Finally, while your eyes heal, they might itch or it might be inconvenient or impossible for you to take baths rather then showers. If either of these are the case, then you will want to consider wearing eye goggles. Eye goggles will protect your eyes while they are vulnerable and ensure that you don't accidentally scratch them while they are itchy, potentially causing problems during the healing process. Your doctor will be able to recommend a brand of goggles to purchase.

For more information, talk to your lasik surgeon.