How Long After LASIK Can I Rub My Eyes? A Guide for the Forgetful

How Long After LASIK Can I Rub My Eyes? If you’ve recently undergone LASIK surgery, you might wonder when I can finally rub my eyes again. If you’re anything like me, it’s a habit that’s as ingrained as checking the fridge every 15 minutes to see if new food has magically appeared. But first things first—let’s address the real question.

How Long Should I Wait Before Rubbing My Eyes?

The golden rule, straight from the experts’ mouth (or fingers, because they probably typed it out), is that you should avoid rubbing your eyes for at least two weeks after LASIK. “Why the wait?” you ask. Your cornea is healing, and rubbing it too soon could mess with the flap created during the surgery. Imagine baking a perfect cake and then poking it incessantly—it won’t look or taste so perfect anymore.

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Funny Thing About the Eyes…

Our eyes are a bit dramatic, like that friend who thinks a chipped nail is a life-altering disaster. They’re sensitive! Post-LASIK, they’ll be even more delicate divas. So, if you’re feeling an itch or discomfort, resist the urge to go full DJ mode and scratch that “turntable.”

Funny Thing About the Eyes...

But What If I Accidentally Do?

Life happens. Maybe a sneeze caught you off guard, or a particularly emotional movie made you forget about your recent LASIK operation. If you end up rubbing your eyes within that two-week window, don’t panic—but check in with your ophthalmologist.When you accidentally drop your phone, it’s like this. You pick it up, check for damages, and sometimes – yep – you might have to visit the store for a fix.

Tips to Remember:

  • Wear protective eyewear: No, not like the ones from a sci-fi movie, but sunglasses or shields given by your dog can be helpful.
  • Sleep with caution: If you’re a wild sleeper, consider wearing an eye mask or protective goggles. It might feel like you’re diving into dreamland, but better safe than sorry, right?
  • Stay hydrated: Dry eyes can be itchy, and itchy eye are tempting to rub. Keep them moist with preservative-free artificial tears as recommended by your doctor.

In Conclusion:

Getting LASIK is like giving your eye a makeover. They come out looking fab but need some time to heal and settle. So, be patient, avoid the urge to rub, and soon, you’ll enjoy your new vision without any hitches. And remember, while waiting might be a “cornea” joke than you’d like, it’s worth it in the end! 😉

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