Hyperopic laser in-situ keratomileusis, otherwise known as H-LASIK, is fast gaining attention because it is one of the most common eye correction procedures today. Mild to moderate cases of farsightedness or hyperopia is one condition that H-LASIK can treat. It is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser or a knife to produce a thin flap that shall be sliced from the cornea. This is to allow contact between the tissue of the central cornea and the laser.
Other alternatives to H-LASIK are excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (H-PRK), laser epithelial keratomileusis (H-LASEK), or laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK). Compared to H-LASIK, H-LASEK and H-PRK do not entail corneal cutting. However, both are surface ablation procedures, which render them more painful. Recovery time and treatment periods are also longer compared to H-LASIK.
Caring for Your Eyes After Surgery
People who undergo eye surgery oftentimes take the procedure for granted, especially when they don’t feel any adverse reactions post-operatively. But the eyes are very sensitive, and subjecting them under stress post-op is not exactly what you need.
The problem could be made worse if it’s not an independent eye problem; rather, a complication of other general medical diseases like diabetes. Medical conditions make the eyes more prone to developing eye disorders like cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. Therefore, if you’ve undergone eye correction procedures, it is of utmost importance that you follow post-operative instructions strictly.
Taking Your Medications as Prescribed
Whatever medications you were prescribed with, these should be taken or applied as directed. These measures are emphasized because people tend to forget or simply disregard post-op instructions when they already feel fine. If you need those regular eye drops, then diligently do it. And always keep your dropper tips clean to avoid contamination and prevent further eye infection.
Let’s Get Physical: Your Eye Exercises
Your ophthalmologist might prescribe eye exercises after the procedure. Just as in taking your medications, do your exercises regularly. It helps in alleviating the pain and discomfort rendered by the procedure, and allows your vision to properly adjust. Eye exercises are designed to improve your eye’s function after surgery, which includes movements and visual acuity.
Force of Habit: Constant Rubbing
You must be allergic to your constant eye rubbing – if only for the time being. We do this unconsciously, whether out of habit or because there’s something blocking your sight. This is a no-no after surgery. Be conscious about your involuntary rubbing as it might cause further eye irritation.
The Common Trifecta: Sleep – Water – Diet
Sleep is a given, as it allows your eyes to get its much needed rest. Water and diet are essential for body nutrition, and that obviously includes the eyes. Load up on food that hastens tissue repair to aid in healing, most common of which are the fiber-enriched fruits and veggies. Augmenting with an eye supplement might be useful, but you’d have to ask your doctor about it.