Why Smoking Can Cause Problems After LASIK Surgery

LASIK and Smoking - Pomona, NY

Jan 6, 2017 @ 11:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Side Effects | Dry Eye |

A lit and smoking cigaretteLASIK is an effective laser eye surgery that helps people see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Millions of people around the world have benefited from LASIK surgery, and many of them have achieved 20/20 vision thanks to the advanced technology used to perform the procedure.

The team at our Pomona vision correction center always stresses proper post-op and pre-op care as the best way to ensure final results. With that in mind, let's consider how smoking can affect LASIK surgery.

Smoking Affects General Wellness and Vision

We all know that smoking can lead to a number of problems when it comes to your general health. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and numerous other health conditions. Smoking can also lead to problems wit you vision later in life, including an increased risk of cataracts and increased risk of glaucoma.

In addition to these negative effects on health and wellness, smoking can also cause a number of problems related to LASIK results and recovery.

Smoking Increases Your Risk of Infection

First of all, smoking increases the likelihood of infection. When smokers who've undergone surgery face an increased risk of complications related to infection and inflammation because of this. To ensure proper healing and as few risks of infection as possible, it;'s important to avoid smoking for a few weeks before and a few weeks after surgery.

Smoking and Eye Irritation/Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common side effect of LASIK surgery, and it can last for several weeks after the procedure is performed. One of the potential causes of a dry eye attack is smoke. If you area smoker, live with a smoker, or encounter smoky environments with regularity, you face an increased risk of suffering from dry eye.

Smoking and Long-Term Issues with Vision

As we noted above, smoking can potentially increase your risk of vision problems such as cataracts and glaucoma. It can result in worse vision years down the road for a variety of other factors. If you want to have great vision that lasts for many years ahead, it's of the utmost importance that you avoid smoking as much as possible.

Avoid Smoking Before LASIK and as You Heal

As we noted above, it's important that patients avoid smoking before and after LASIK. This is part of the pre-op and post-op instructions for LASIK surgery. Keep in mind that smoking is just one of many things that patients should avoid before and after LASIK. A full list of instructions for patients will be provided during the consultation process.

A Good Excuse to Quit for Good

LASIK doesn't just mean a life without glasses or contacts. Many people use LASIK surgery as a reason to make other lifestyle changes that benefit their overall health and wellness. LASIK may be the excuse you've been looking for to quit for good. If you are interested in quitting smoking, we can direct you to a number of resources that can make that process much easier on you and your loved ones.

Learn More About LASIK Surgery

For more information about LASIK and how it can help you see clearly, be sure to contact our laser eye care practice today. Our team looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve optimal wellness.