More and more people are considering LASIK as a sure way to address their various eye health and eye care needs. LASIK is a great option to consider since it has proven so safe and effective over the years. Thanks to LASIK surgery, patients can see clearly without the aid of prescription glasses or lenses.
The team at our laser vision correction takes all aspects of LASIK seriously, which includes pre-operative care and post-operative care. One important part of the post-operative care for LASIK is the use of eye shields or LASIK goggles. We'd like to take this opportunity to go over LASIK in the most basic of terms and then focus on eye shields and why they are so important.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK is a refractive procedure, meaning that it involves the reshaping of the corneas, which are the clear, frontal part of the eyes. By doing this, light passes through the eyes better, thus treating myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
What are protective eye shields/goggles?
After you undergo LASIK surgery, you will be asked to wear protective eye shields or goggles as part of the healing process. Even though they may look funny, please keep in mind that these are a crucial part of recovery after LASIK.
Why are these worn after LASIK surgery?
After you undergo LASIK, it's important that you avoid touching your eyes or getting anything in the eyes (apart from recommended medications or eye drops) in the first days after surgery. The corneal flap created as part of surgery is very malleable after surgery, and rubbing the eyes can result in flap complications.
With the protective eye shields in place, foreign objects are less likely to get into the eyes and you are protected from any incidental or unconscious rubbing of the eyes while you are asleep. It's a common sense precaution to make sure that you heal as fast as possible after LASIK.
Eye Goggle Instructions for the First Day and Night After Surgery
Generally on the first day after LASIK surgery, you will be asked to wear the eye shield all day and all night. You may remove the eye shield when you need to use eye drops or eye medications. This will keep your eyes safe for that crucial first 24 hours.
Eye Goggles Instructions for the Next Few Days After Surgery
Most patients are instructed to remove the eye shield after the first 24 hours and to wear sunglasses when outdoors. Eye shields should still be worn at night while the patient sleeps for the next three or four days, however. This will allow the corneal flap to heal completely and prevent that unconscious eye rubbing that can affect the recovery process and the overall results of LASIK as well.
Learn More About LASIK Surgery
For more information about LASIK surgery and what it can do for you, be sure to contact our Toronto laser eye surgery centers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent vision and eye health.