After Lasik eye surgery, your eyes require some special care. This usually includes using eye drops on a schedule provided by your Raleigh Lasik surgeon. To maximize the effectiveness of the drops and reduce the risk of infection, it is important to insert the drops the right way.
Learn from Your Doctor
After your Lasik eye surgery, your eye surgeon in Raleigh will tell you about the eye drops that you need to use. You may receive a demonstration. Listen carefully and take home notes if possible.
This conversation is a good opportunity to learn about:
- What the drops are for.
- How much and how often to use them.
- What side effects are to be expected.
The staff will welcome questions, so please ask for clarification if there is anything that you don’t understand.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Your eyes are particularly vulnerable to infection in the post-surgery period, so you must be cautious not to introduce infection. Through the insertion process, there are guidelines that are essential for ensuring cleanliness. Always be sure to:
- Carefully wash your hands before inserting eye drops.
- Keep your hands away from the dropper.
- Don’t let the bottle touch your eye, eyelashes, face or any other body part.
- Tightly cap the medicine bottle after putting in the drops.
- Contact your eye surgeon in Raleigh if your drops become contaminated.
Put the Drops in Your Eyes
- Before opening the bottle of drops, shake it vigorously.
- Tilt your head back.
- Position the opened bottle of drops above your eye.
- Gently tug your eyelid down.
- Hold the bottle near your eye, and release one–and only one–drop into your eye.
- Close your eye for 30 seconds to distribute the medication. No blinking allowed!
- Repeat the process in the other eye.
- If you have multiple medications, wait one minute between each type.
Ask for Help When Needed
Do you have questions or concerns about your eye drops? Follow up with your Raleigh Lasik surgeon. It is better to be overly cautious than to use your eye drops incorrectly. A quick phone call to the office can provide the information or assurance that you need.
When you’re ready to get started with laser eye surgery, contact our office to schedule an appointment.