Should you shower after your Lasik eye surgery ?


You’ve undoubtedly been putting up with contacts or glasses for years and are eager to have LASIK. After having LASIK, you might have many questions regarding what you can and cannot do and how to take care of your “new” eyes. The healing process is still ongoing when your LASIK surgeon finishes the procedure. Your corneas will continue to mend over the following few weeks, and correct LASIK aftercare is essential to preventing infection and getting the best possible results. Learn the fundamentals of LASIK aftercare, including taking prescribed prescriptions and carrying out daily tasks like taking a shower and bathing until your eyes fully heal.  

After LASIK, Exposure of water to your Eyes?

The day following LASIK eye surgery, doctors advise their patients that it is OK to take a regular shower or bath. It’s crucial to avoid getting water, soap, hair products, or washing liquids in your eyes for the first week following your LASIK procedure. While washing, avoid rubbing your eyes. During the first week after surgery, patients may experience the following side effects if water, soap, shampoo, and other cleaning products are not kept out of their eyes: 
  • Run the risk of infecting your eyes by using soap, water, shampoo, etc.
  • Feel scorching and irritability
  • Rubbing your eyes will cause the LASIK corneal flap to crease.
  • Accidentally worsen any existing dry eye symptoms or unintentionally develop dry eye symptoms.
  Patients often ask whether they can return to the lake, ocean, hot tub, or pool after laser eye surgery, especially during summer. To guarantee the best possible LASIK aftercare and healing, doctors encourage their LASIK eye surgery patients to wait 14 days before resuming these activities. The likelihood of irritation, redness and ocular tissue infection immediately following LASIK eye surgery is increased due to the chemicals in chlorinated water and the particles prevalent in salt and freshwater bodies. These bodies of water can interfere with the healing process or harm the patient after surgery.   

Getting Back to Your Regular Routine After LASIK

Remember that although you probably won’t feel any pain following LASIK eye surgery, your corneal tissue requires time to recover fully. It is because patients soon regain their capacity to carry out daily activities the following day. Doctors advise post-operative patients to wait the necessary amount of time to complete the following tasks to reduce the risk of corneal infections or flap dislodging:  

One week following LASIK: Using Eye Cream and Makeup.

After LASIK eye surgery from, you must wait seven days before using any eye makeup, such as eye cream, eyeliner (including kajal or kohl eyeliner), mascara, or eye shadow. Avoid rubbing close to your eye when applying other facial cosmetics to prevent powders like toners, foundations, or blush from getting into your eyes. In general, buying new eye makeup following your LASIK procedure is a good choice since this will reduce any danger of infection. After LASIK, please use the utmost caution when taking off your makeup.  

One day to two weeks of exercise

You can start exercising at home or outside two days following your LASIK eye surgery. For five days after your LASIK eye surgery, our surgeons advise against going to a public gym since there is a higher chance of infection. For two weeks, you should avoid exercises involving freshwater, saltwater, or chlorinated water. For four weeks following LASIK, players in all contact sports, basketball, or racquet sports like tennis, racquetball, and squash should wear protective eyewear.   

Work and Computer Use in One Day

Most patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery can return to work on the same day. Providence Eye urges patients to buy individually packaged, over-the-counter, preservative-free lubricating drops during the LASIK post-operative phase. When returning to work, you must schedule a time to continue using over-the-counter and prescribed lubricating drops.    You may speed your recovery, increase comfort, and boost productivity at work after surgery by carefully following drop instructions. You can use more lubricating drops if your eyes seem dry or blurry. Even if your eyes don’t feel dry, they may be dry. You must also switch your attention every 20 minutes, which is crucial. We advise you to set a calendar reminder to get up and concentrate on something farther away for between 30 and 60 seconds. Using your over-the-counter, preservative-free lubricating drops all day long will help your eyes gradually become used to heavy computer screen use again.   

Children, Pets, and Sleep: After One to Fourteen Days

When animals or children are allowed to sleep in a parent’s bed, doctors strongly advise using protective plastic shields for 10–14 nights (s). For up to a full week following LASIK surgery, we strongly advise avoiding interactions with dogs and kids with a high likelihood of involving facial contact to prevent random pokes, jabs, and bumps. Avoid using a ceiling fan when trying to sleep since it will dry out your eyes, causing irritation and occasionally hazy vision.   

Prescription Drugs Following LASIK Eye Surgery

All post-LASIK eye surgery patients are given special recommendations for using prescription eye drops by Providence Eye to promote quick healing times, reduce dryness and the risk of infection, and minimize the risk of infection. Surgeon guarantee that your corneal tissue experiences the least amount of post-operative irritation and dry eye, which some patients experience, so these precautions are put in place. The following medicines will make you feel better, help you sleep better, and prevent you from touching your eye(s), which could cause your corneal flap to get dislodged while it heals.   

Free Of Preservative Lubricating Drops

  • Drops sold over the counter can aid with general pain and dry eyes.
  • Maintaining moisture in the eyes will promote the quickest healing process.

Drops that Reduce Inflammation

  • After LASIK eye surgery, swelling and discomfort in the ocular cavity are reduced using anti-inflammatory eye drops.
  • Following your surgeon’s detailed instructions, fast recovery and a reduction in irritated corneal tissue are guaranteed when using these drops. 

Drops of antibiotics

Eye drops with a prescription can lessen inflammation following surgery and protect against eye infections.     
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