Tips for Reducing Pain After LASIK Surgery

Reducing Pain after LASIK - Hudson Valley

May 6, 2015 @ 10:40 AM — by Richard Gordon
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A woman using eye dropsAt Palisades Laser Eye Center, we have helped countless people in and around Hudson Valley by performing safe and effective laser eye surgery. LASIK is one of the most popular options for laser vision correction today, allowing people to see clearly without the aid of glasses or contacts.

Some level of discomfort and pain is common after undergoing LASIK surgery. In most cases, the discomfort involves dry eye, eye irritation, and some amount of grittiness in the eyes. Thankfully this pain is manageable and easy to tolerate by following post-surgical instructions closely. Let's consider some ways of reducing the pain after your laser eye surgery.

How long will the pain last after LASIK?

The discomfort after LASIK will typically be most pronounced for a few days, diminishing gradually in the days after the procedure. By the end of the first week, patients should experience a notable reduction in pain, with further reduction of side effects after two weeks. Healing can vary from patient to patient, so keep these matters in mind.

Focus on Rest Early On

To help reduce the duration and severity of pain after LASIK, it's important for you to get ample rest early on. Be sure to avoid any kinds of activities that would result in eye strain, such as reading, watching television, using a computer, using your smart phone, and so on. This is especially important to consider for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.

Take Pain Medication as Directed

Your LASIK surgeon will recommend pain medication or prescribe pain medication as needed. Be sure to follow these instruction to letter in order to minimize discomfort.

Shield Your Eyes from the Sun

You will experience a major amount of light sensitivity in the early days after LASIK surgery. Be sure to avoid bright lights as they can lead to problems with discomfort. In addition, be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim while you are outdoors as this well help reduce the discomfort that you experience while you are outside.

Use Artificial Tears to Keep Your Eyes Lubricated

Dry eye is a common side effect after you have undergone LASIK. In order to address issues with dry eye as they occur, it's important to carry artificial tears with you at all times. Using these lubricating eye drops will help reduce the itchiness and dryness of the eyes. Patients are encouraged to carry artificial tears with them for a few months since the dry eye can last for some time after the procedure has been performed.

Avoid Smoky, Dry, and Dusty Environments

Smoky, dry, and dusty environments can trigger attacks of dry eye syndrome. In order to prevent attacks of dry eye, it's a good idea to avoid these kinds of places. Sometimes knowing what kinds of places to avoid is better than using liquid tears to address dry eye.

Attend Follow-Up Visits with Your Surgeon as Scheduled

Several follow-up visits will be scheduled with your LASIK surgeon as you recover. These will allow your LASIK surgeon to monitor the progress of your recovery and make recommendations as needed to ensure that you heal quickly and avoid complications from occurring.

Learn More About LASIK Surgery

For more information about LASIK surgery and how it can help you achieve excellent eyesight without the assistance of glasses and contact lenses, be sure to contact our laser vision correction center today. The team at Palisades Laser Eye Center looks forward to your visit and helping you in your time of legal need.