Hi, Dr Khanna here, and today’s questions are related to our workforce, because people are interested to know ‘when can they go back to work?’
So the first question, “When can I return to work?” So it depends on the kind of work you do. So most people can go bat to work the next day, I know some people in the financial industry who go back to work the same day in the night because they save it on the laptop. But it’s best to keep the eyes closed on the first day, so the earliest you should return to work the next day. But for Nurses and Doctors who are exposed to bugs in the hospitals, it’s better to wait 48 -72 hours, so the epithelium is fully healed, so bugs don’t find a way to enter into your Lasik flaps. At the same time, same thing applies to people who may be in the in the agricultural industry working with animals like (INAUDIBLE – 1:00) or taking care of horses, so in those instances, it’s better to wait 2-3 days before going to work .
But here’s a question women ask more often. “When can I wear makeup, because I don’t want to go to work without makeup?” So within 48 – 72 hours again, you can start wearing makeup. We just want the flap to heal completely, so nothing is able to penetrate inside.
“How young can I be to have Lasik?” The FTA approved range is from 18 onwards, but off FTA, we can do it even younger, and there has to be certain indications for that. For most common indication for doing Lasik, and I’ve done laser vision correction on as young as 13, is when one eye is amblyopic or lazy, and then you are worried because of contact lenses intolerance, the eye should not become totally lazy. So you to stimulate that nerve pathway, so in those instances you can do. Another time you can do, is when kids are going to college and they’re more (INAUDIBLE – 2:17) some kids cannot handle contact lenses by themselves, or more prone to infections since Lasik eye surgery is safer than contact lenses. If the refraction has stabilized, usually in girls, it stabilizes by 15years, whereas in boys, 17 – 18, but if you have done serial exams and found that refraction is stable, then it can be done.
“How does Lasik work?” Lasik works by reshaping the front part of the corneal, so that the incoming light gets focused on the retina on a single point. So that means astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness can all be treated.
“How long does Lasik take to heal?” So there are three steps in the healing of Lasik eye surgery. The first one is like immediately I finish doing the eye surgery, within 1-2 minutes, negative suction created by the endothelium makes the flap attach to the bed. Just like a (INAUDIBLE – 3:27) it sticks back, so this is the first stage of healing.
The second stage is within 48-72 hours when the epithelium which has been cut grows back over the cart and spreads to all the sides. This is the second stage, and this is what we want to wait for before sending you work or apply makeup etc.
But the third stage is the long term. Over the next few months fibrosis occurs. So the flap is stuck down even more tightly.
So initially, two minutes, then 48-72 hours and finally many months.
Hope all these questions and answers are continuing to help educate you about Lasik eye surgery. Have a good day.
See a testimonial from a Lasik patient who has 20/20 after Lasik surgery with Dr. Khanna from the Khanna Institute of Lasik and Refractive Surgery: http://youtu.be/p8Zzm8b2II4
Lasik eye surgery proves to give a person a permanent corrected vision and this is why more people want to try this recent advancement. It is also known as the painless and safest procedure. However, there are some limitations as to what you can do right after having the treatment.
· Staring at Bright Lights
The patients of Lasik eye surgery will be given dark sunglasses just to dim the light he or she can see. This is because you should have a gentle view of the surroundings and this is also to prevent you from scratching your eyes.
One is not allowed to drive since the patient still needs to depend on other people after a few days or weeks or as long as the healing process is happening. Not being permitted to drive also prevents your eyes from having tiny debris such as dust.
· Applying Cosmetics
Cosmetics may infect the eyes so it must thoroughly be avoided. Otherwise, the healing process will not be completed successfully. Cosmetics include false eyelashes. The only allowed cosmetic is the eye drops since it helps in keeping your eyes moisturized.
Though exercising has no direct effect to the eyes of a patient having Lasik eye surgery treatment, physicians still prohibit doing routines as a precautionary measure. It is recommended that physical fitness must only be done after a month of having the treatment. The patient must rest most of the time and must not take long in front of the television and computers.
· Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol can halt the effects of any type of medication taken by a person so it must be avoided as well after having Lasik eye surgery.
· Taking a Bath in a Shower
It is advisable that no water shall enter the eyes for the first few days after the treatment so taking a bath with a shower must be avoided. However, one can wear goggles as an eye protection.
All types of surgery surely have do’s and dont’s and knowing the things above Things to Avoid After Lasik Eye Surgery can help you make your treatment successful.
By Rajesh Khanna, MD
Lasik Vision Expert and Host of Hangout with Laserman