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What You Need to Know about Life after LASIK

There are several factors to weigh before proceeding with LASIK surgery. Most patients have questions about their candidacy for the procedure, the risks involved, and how much the treatment will cost. If you are like most candidates, you are also wondering precisely what life after LASIK looks like. While everyone's experience is different, there are some common benefits you can expect after LASIK, including improved vision and fewer hassles related to your eyewear. During your initial consultation at TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre in Toronto, ON, you can sit down with one of our doctors and discuss what to expect during the healing process and beyond. 

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LASIK can eliminate common concerns, such as losing a contact while you swim.

Protecting Your Vision and Eye Health

In the first couple of weeks or months after your treatment, you will have certain restrictions. These are intended protect your results and the health of your eyes during the healing process. Until your doctor says otherwise, you should avoid applying eye makeup. You will also need to stay out of swimming pools and hot tubs, as the chlorine and potentially, bacteria, can cause serious damage to your eyes while they heal. Your doctor can tell you when it is safe to swim again.

Several types of activities are easier and more enjoyable after LASIK surgery, such as swimming and camping. 

Our team also recommends quitting smoking at least temporarily after LASIK. Tobacco products can slow healing and the smoke can irritate your eyes. In general, you should avoid potential eye irritants, such as dust, dirt, and other air pollutants, as much as possible.

A More Active Lifestyle

Many patients notice improved vision almost immediately after LASIK, while for others, it takes a few days. Generally, the higher your prescription, the longer it will take for your vision to fully stabilize. You may also notice some vision fluctuations as your eyes heal, which is completely normal. Once your vision has stabilized, there are several types of activities which could become easier and more enjoyable, such as:

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Reading
  • Going to the movies

You will need to take extra care if you participate in contact sports to avoid flap complications. However, activities such as flag football are also much easier without glasses.

Less Hassle

Many patients also note the effect of LASIK on their day-to-day life. Glasses-wearers know the hassle of struggling to find your eyewear in the morning. After LASIK, you can wake up in the morning and jump out of bed without searching for your glasses to see. In addition, you no longer have to worry about walking into a warm building and having your glasses fog up. 

If you normally wear contacts, you know how uncomfortable it is to have your lenses dry out during the day. Even worse, you may know the feeling of dropping a contact or having it fall out and searching frantically to salvage it. For many patients, life after LASIK means never needing to worry about contact lenses again. 

An Investment in Better Vision

Many patients worry about the price of LASIK. While this procedure does cost more than a pair of glasses, it is a one-time fee which can help you avoid the cost of replacements, contact lenses, and all the accessories involved. To learn more about your life after LASIK, contact our office online or call (519) 888-4502 today.

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