Here are some tips and suggestions based on my experience.
Note: These are my thoughts and experiences. I am not an eye specialist. Always check with your eye doctor before trying anything or if you think something is feeling odd.
- Have procedure done in the winter if possible, sun will not be as strong, and the sun will be stronger on eyes than normal for a while after Lasik.
- Stock up on Eye Drops Single-Use Vials, seriously! I purchased two boxes and went through one in the first week after and one per week thereafter for the first month.
- Purchase protective glasses / Choppers Glasses before the procedure.
- Figure in cost of eye drops, wipes, reading glasses, and protective glasses into Lasik budget, as it will add up.
- Rest eyes a lot.
- Take a week off work if you can. Eyes will tire easily.
- Carry Eye Drops Single-Use Vials and OCuSOFT Lid Scrub with you everywhere, as eyes will be dry.
Since you can’t rub your eyes after Lasik, “sleep” “salt” can build up at corner of eyes. Use the doctor approved eye wipes to carefully remove the build-up.
You can also get a washcloth wet with warm water, ring it out so it is only damp, and just lay over eyes, do not press.
What’s it like after?
My eyes let me know when they get tired and strained, typically a bit itchy or scratchy. My remedy is to go to the bedroom, turn off all the lights, pull the shades, put on the goggles given to me the day of Lasik, and rest with eyes closed from 15-20 minutes.
Think of getting new glasses that are a bit stronger than your old ones. Typically eyes will need to adjust and the new glasses might cause headaches for a while. Same with Lasik. My body needed to adjust.
I am prone to getting dizzy, so the first week I was a bit off balance getting used to the new vision.
My eyes were a bit “scratchy.” If you have worn contacts, think of it as a dry contact on your eye. Thus, use eye drops as much as you need to in order keep eye moist and to help the healing process.
I am right eye dominant. At the end of a long day, my right eye was the one that would get “scratchy” or dry the fastest.