Is Rubbing My Eyes After LASIK Harmful?

It is natural to rub your eyes when they feel uncomfortable or itchy. However, rubbing your eyes after LASIK can be harmful and should be avoided whenever possible. Rubbing could dislodge the corneal flap and interfere with the recovery process. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center can provide detailed post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcomes.

This week, board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Young H. Choi discusses how our laser-based procedures work and what to expect after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Our experienced Birmingham, AL team is proud to offer personalized guidance and support during this important time.

The cornea (the clear window at the front of your eye) bends and refracts light that enters through your pupil. When you have a refractive error like nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea prevents light from reaching the retina as it should. Many people use lenses to correct blurry vision at different distances. While these prescription methods are effective, they are not always ideal.

LASIK is a more effective and longer-lasting solution for vision correction. During the procedure, Dr. Choi uses the Zeiss VisuMax® femtosecond laser system to make an ultra-thin flap in the cornea for reshaping. The flap is then carefully put back into place, where it is expected to heal naturally.

You may experience some discomfort during LASIK recovery. This is normal and usually managed with over-the-counter medications and prescription drops. Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center can ensure you have everything needed for a successful recovery in Birmingham, AL

Some patients may feel irritation or a “gritty” sensation that results in the urge to rub their eyes. However, this should be avoided whenever possible. Patients who rub their eyes may experience pain, inflammation, or even the dislodging of the corneal flap.

Dr. Choi always recommends taking a long nap after vision correction surgery to prevent unnecessary rubbing or scratching. We also suggest using lubricating eye drops to keep them feeling refreshed and comfortable.

Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center understands that caring for your eyes after LASIK can be challenging and requires dedication and commitment on your part. Dr. Choi provides post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcomes. Some important tips include:

  • Avoid activities that increase your risk of complications: Contact sports, swimming, and hot tubs are off-limits for a short period after LASIK eye surgery.
  • Protect your eyes from UV rays: Wear sunglasses when spending any amount of time outdoors. Look for lenses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
  • Keep your follow-up appointments: We want to ensure that your eyes are healing properly. You can also bring up any questions or concerns during these visits.
  • Limit screen time: Give your eyes some rest in the days following vision correction. Try not to spend more than several hours at a time staring at screens.

LASIK recovery does not have to be a stressful experience. Our talented team at Young H. Choi, M.D. Eye Surgery Center knows how to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible for our Birmingham, AL patients. Learn more about LASIK by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Young H. Choi. We look forward to helping you achieve clearer vision.

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