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.
If you notice soft or hard yellow patches on the inside corners of your eyelids, you might have xanthelasma. They're made up of cholesterol that's under your skin. They aren't harmful, but if you're bothered by the way they look, there are treatments that can get rid of them.
Even though xanthelasma itself won't hurt you, it could be a sign that you're at higher risk for heart disease. So don't ignore this skin condition. Get it checked by your doctor.