If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, then you have probably read and heard about the fast recovery time. Did you know that the cornea is one of the fastest-healing tissues in the body? This is why the recovery time for LASIK surgery is only about 24 hours. However, just because you’ll have great vision after LASIK, that does not mean your eyes are done healing. Here are a few pro tips to help with sleeping after LASIK for a smooth and comfortable recovery.
At Providence Eye, our LASIK surgeons will ask that you wear clear plastic shields over your eyes for the first 24 hours after your surgery, unless you are instilling eye drops. Continue to wear the shields for any time you are napping or sleeping at night for 5 days. If pets or children share your bed, you should wear shields for 10 nights after your LASIK procedure. Make sure they are taped on well - this will help prevent you from rubbing your eye while sleeping.
Your eyes rest, heal and stay consistently lubricated while you sleep. Sleeping a minimum of 6 hours will help your corneas continue to heal. If you have insomnia, or “just don’t need much sleep,” you should consult with your surgeon to discuss the best way to give your eyes the rest they need during the first couple of nights after your LASIK surgery.
Preventing your eyes from drying out and keeping them lubricated is critical for the first 4 weeks after your LASIK surgery. Here are some do’s and don’ts for preventing your eyes from drying out:
If you are ready to take the first step to consider LASIK surgery, then scheduling a complimentary consultation with our LASIK surgeon here at Providence Eye should be the next step. Contact us or call 704-540-9595
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