LASIK POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS
It is important for the success of your procedure to use your eye drops as directed by your doctor. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your hands before instilling eye drops. Always replace the caps carefully. In order to prevent contamination, it is important to avoid contact between the tip of the bottle and your eyes, eyelashes, or fingers.
This is an antibiotic and steroid combination eye drop used to prevent infection after surgery. Use one drop in the operative eye(s) four times a day for one week.
- VisMED – Lubricant eye drops
It is important to keep the eye(s) well lubricated following LASIK surgery since this will aid in the healing process. Use one to two drops in the operative eye(s) every hour for the first week after LASIK, then five to six times a day afterward. You may continue to use preservative free tears for up to six months after your procedure.
If one eye drop schedule happens to coincide with another, wait five minutes between the use of each drop.
Post-operative care instructions
- Immediately After Surgery
Please go home and rest, keeping your eyes closed for 1-2 hours after surgery. DO NOT drive. Should you have any discomfort following your procedure, you may take one or two Paracetamol every 4-6 hours as needed for relief. Do not try to do computer work the first day to avoid strain. Be sure to wear your protective eye glasses every time you are outside to protect your eyes from sunlight, wind, dust and any potential injury. For the first week, please also wear your protective glasses when you sleep to prevent accidental rubbing in your sleep.
DO NOT CLOSE YOUR EYES HEAVILY OR TOUCH OR RUB YOUR EYES!
Don’t worry if your eyes are watering, as this is a natural response and the tears will aid in the healing of your eyes.
A contact lens may be placed in your eye immediately following your procedure. Do not remove the contact lens. If the contact lens falls out, do not attempt to place it back on your eye. If the eye is extremely painful after the lens comes out, please contact our office immediately.
- General Cleanliness
Please do not get anything in your eyes except for eye medications for 1 month following your surgery. Avoid using mascara and liquid eyeliner for 1 month. We recommend purchasing new mascara and eyeliner to prevent infection following LASIK. You may use soap and water on your face, but avoid getting them in your eyes. When you shower and shampoo your hair, make sure that you have a dry towel handy so that no water gets in the eyes. Do NOT rub your eyes.
- Follow-up schedule
You need to return for follow-up 1 day after surgery at our center. After that, you will be scheduled to return at 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months. Depending on each patient’s condition, your doctor may request that you follow-up more frequently.
- The days following surgery
You may expect your vision to fluctuate during the first 1-2 weeks after LASIK. You may experience mild fogginess in dim lights or in the evening. You may experience an increased sensitivity to light. Your eyes will be more dry and more easily tired with reading/computer work. These symptoms will gradually decrease with time as your eyes continue to heal.
- Physical Activities
You may resume light, non-contact activities such as gym exercises, yoga, walking, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobics 1 week after surgery.
We recommend that you avoid playing contact or racquet sports, or when involved in any activities where there is a potential danger of getting dust, chips, fumes, etc. in the eyes, until 1 month after surgery unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, or any contact with possibly contaminated water for one month after your procedure.
If you experience any worsening symptoms such as more pain, sudden loss of vision, pus in the eye, accidental injury to the eye, or have any other concerns, please contact our office immediately.
“For more information, please contact
Ophthalmology Department – Indochina Lobby
Tel: (028) 54 11 35 35
Or (028) 54 11 33 33, ext: 1107”