When can I get my eyes wet after LASIK?
Generally speaking, you should wait at least 24 hours after LASIK before washing your face. This is the same guideline that we give our patients for showering. As with showering, you need to avoid getting soap and water in your eyes for a minimum of several days.
How long does LASIK dryness last?
Post-LASIK dry eye usually lasts for at least 1 month. Tear function and dry eye symptoms improve to preoperative levels thereafter. However, a small number of patients still experience chronic dry eye symptoms more than 1 year after LASIK.
Can I rub eyes 3 months after LASIK?
As a good rule of thumb, you should only put light pressure (with no rubbing) on the eyes for the first two weeks post-op. After this time, and for a couple of months, it is okay to gently rub your eyes.
How long does it take for the flap to heal after Lasik?
The corneal flap will begin the healing process immediately following the surgery and will be significantly healed in one to three days following the procedure. During this time the outer surface of the cornea (also known as the epithelium) will seal the edges of the newly created corneal flap.
Is it normal to have a runny nose after Lasik?
Common Symptoms after LASIK
You may experience watery eyes, a runny nose, light sensitivity and eye redness during the first day following your surgery. After the LASIK procedure, it is not unusual to see small red areas in the white part of your eye.
How do you get rid of dry eyes after LASIK?
The best eye drops for dry eyes after LASIK are preservative-free lubricating eye drops or artificial tears. These options can be used frequently and are safe to use.
Can dry eyes after LASIK affect vision?
LASIK causes some nerves in the cornea to be cut, which reduces corneal sensitivity to some degree. In response, you eye may not sense the need for lubrication, causing your body to produce fewer tears, leading to dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes after LASIK can cause both discomfort and less than optimal visual outcomes.
How long after LASIK Do I have to wear goggles to sleep?
You are advised to wear the goggles while you sleep for a week to two weeks after surgery, when your eyes will be at their most vulnerable to damage if you scratch or otherwise disturb them.
Can you mess up your LASIK?
Myth: “If you move your eye during surgery you’ll go blind.” Truth: LASIK is a highly advanced procedure. The Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 laser has a pupil tracking system that follows your eye at 400 hertz per second. So there is no way you can mess it up!