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Precautions to Take After Laser Vision-Correcting Eye Surgery (LASIK and PRK)

After laser eye surgery, take these special precautions to prevent injury or infection during your initial postoperative period:

  • Don't take a shower or wash your hair until the day after laser eye surgery.
  • Avoid getting soap in your eye when bathing and washing your hair for at least one week after laser eye surgery. You should also avoid getting products such as hair spray and shaving lotion in your eyes while healing from laser eye surgery.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes for at least a month after laser eye surgery.
  • Don't drive until you feel comfortable doing so, and with the approval of your doctor.
  • Wear the eye shield/goggles that you received in your postoperative kit when you are sleeping for the first seven nights after laser eye surgery.
  • Don't allow tap water to get in your eyes for at least a week after laser eye surgery.
  • Avoid swimming pools, whirlpools, saunas, and lakes for at least 3 weeks after laser eye surgery.
  • No eye makeup for at least one week after laser eye surgery. Discard partially used makeup to avoid bacterial contamination.
  • Don't get your hair colored or permed for at least 10 days after laser eye surgery.
  • No exercise for two days after laser eye surgery.
  • Wear eye protection for at least the first month once you have resumed exercise and sports activities after laser eye surgery.
  • Avoid dirty/dusty environments for seven days.
  • Bright sunshine may cause scarring, and therefore, sunglasses are recommended on bright days for a year after laser eye surgery.

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When to Call the Doctor After Laser Eye Surgery

If you have any questions after laser eye surgery, or if you experience pain, a sudden decrease in vision, red eye(s), or discharge from your eye(s), contact your eye doctor immediately.

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on August 01, 2014

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