I’ve received tons of messages following my very successful Lasik Surgery and as much as I want to reply to each one; I only have 24 hours in a day. And so this blog post is dedicated for those who are curious about what exactly happens after Lasik and how I am taking care of my brand new eyes (pun intended).
And so I had my Lasik done at Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics in Makati. Just a disclaimer though, the eye care tips you will be reading came from Shinagawa as well as my personal experience. The conditions might be different compared to other Lasik providers.
IMMEDIATELY TO ONE WEEK POST-LASIK
(continue doing the following unless otherwise stated)
- No driving for the first 24 hours
- Apply antibiotic eye drops every 3 hours for the first 24 hours (this is quite challenging as you really need to set an alarm and wake up to apply the drops)
- After 24 hours, continue eye antibiotics but now every 3 hours while awake only, until one week.
- Wear eye goggles during waking hours and eye shields during sleeping hours for one week to avoid eye injuries
- Use artificial tears when your eyes feel dry
- Protect the eyes from direct water contact for one week. Keep eyes closed when washing your face or showering.
- No facial treatment, any face procedures, sauna, and steam bath for one week. The steam could dry the eyes and for face procedures, the therapist might accidentally injure the eyes.
- Wear sunglasses when going out in the sun or in dusty and smoky areas.
- DO NOT RUB the eyes
- Schedule your follow-up visits (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and yearly post-Lasik)
ONE TO TWO MONTHS POST-LASIK
- No eye makeup and cosmetic contact lenses for around two months (eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara are difficult to remove and you will have the tendency to rub your eyes)
- No swimming or diving for at least two months (pool and beach water are very dirty, the possibility of infection is high)
- Avoid contact sports and other physical activities with high risk of eye injury. You may return to these activities gradually as per the doctor’s instructions.
There were no absolute restrictions after Lasik. In fact, watching television or using gadgets are allowed in moderation. Personally, I scheduled my procedure on a Friday so I can rest my eyes over the weekend. During that time, I did not use my phone, my laptop, nor did I watch any television show. This is a personal decision and I was lucky that the said set-up was possible for me. Come Monday though, I resumed my work as a writer and was able to work in front of the computer without any problems.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are your eyes now super sensitive to light?
Not really. My eyes experienced light sensitivity in the first few days but it eventually went away. I was told by Shinagawa that this side effect is on case-to-case basis.
Is it true that post-Lasik, you will experience dry eyes?
Very true. Some days are worse than others so I always keep my eye lubricant on hand. I noticed that my eyes are especially dry when I’m tired, dehydrated, or when the weather is too warm. One indication that my eyes are getting dry is when I feel a tingling sensation or slight pain in my eyes. At first, I thought there was something wrong with them but upon check-up, I was told to just continue with the lubricants because my eyes are fine, just a bit dry.
Are there any contraindications to Lasik?
According to Dr. Raffy Rodriguez of Shinagawa, Hypertension and Diabetes are not absolute contraindications to Lasik. On my Lasik procedure blog post, I mentioned that I underwent a series of tests for my screening. One can only know if he or she is eligible for Lasik after the screening.
Does Lasik have a warranty?
I was told that I can re-do the procedure for free if my eyesight worsens again after three years.
Do you have any special post-Lasik care tips?
Like I said, there are no restrictions to routine activities after the procedure. But since I am a writer, I took extra steps in ensuring I keep my 20/12 vision.
- I never leave the house without sunglasses
This protects my eyes from the sun and dust.
- I practice the 20-20-20 rule
As a writer, I spend hours in front of the computer. That’s non-negotiable so I take 20-second breaks every 20 minutes and focus my eyes on something at least 20 feet away. I downloaded an app on my phone that reminds me to do this especially when I’m too engrossed on my work.
- I wear anti-blue light glasses when using my gadgets
Anti-blue light glasses are special protective gears to reduce the harmful emissions from computers, mobile phones, and television screens. I got mine from OWNDAYS, a Japanese optical brand known for their fashionable and affordable eyeglasses.