The day of your procedure:
Your procedure will take about 10 minutes per eye. After your procedure, you will rest your eyes in an exam room for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, the doctor will conduct a slit lamp exam and answer any questions before you leave.
Post-Operative DropsGo directly home to relax. Try to sleep or rest with the eyes closed for at least 2 hours. You will have a prescription for two sleep tablets to take if needed. Take one tablet when you get home. If you are not asleep within one hour, take the second tablet. Otherwise, you may use the second tablet at bedtime if needed. You will begin your regimen of drops after.
You should limit “screen time” the day of your procedure (i.e. minimal use of computers and cell phones, and limited reading or tv viewing). You will need to keep your shields on the entire first day. Sleep in your shield for the next first four nights.
The first day after of your procedure:
The eyes may be sensitive to touch, scratchy, and light sensitive. The eyes may also be red. These symptoms will subside as the eye heals. Vision may be slightly blurry and may fluctuate. This usually improves as the eye heals over the next week. If you notice occasional blurriness, it helps to use the preservative-free artificial tears provided in your post-operative kit to keep the eye well lubricated.
It is not uncommon to have a subconjunctival hemorrhage after your procedure. Seeing a subconjunctival hemorrhage on your eye can be alarming. Yet, it is actually a common minor occurrence. It is always harmless and will heal on its own. It does not affect vision and generally does not cause pain. There are usually no sensations or symptoms, other than the appearance of the red spot. In fact, you may not even be aware that you have a subconjunctival hemorrhage until someone points it out or you look in the mirror.
Do not remove your goggles until you get up in the morning after your procedure. You do not need to wear your shields to your appointment the next day. No water should get in the eyes for one week. You may shower, but keep your eyes closed when washing hair and rinsing so that the water runs toward the back of your head. Also, try to aim the flow of water lower than your eyes. Gently pat-wash with a clean cloth around the eyes.
No eye make-up or mascara should be worn for 1 week. After 1 week, you may wear make-up that is easily removed with soap and water.
No motorcycling, boating, horseback riding, swimming, or tanning bed for 2 weeks. Avoid getting dust or dirt in the eye. This will irritate the eye as well as increase your risk of infection. If dust does get in your eye, use preservative-free artificial tears to flush it. Wear safety glasses or sports goggles when participating in contact sports or doing work during which foreign matter may get into your eyes. Do not rub or push on your eyes.