Proper Care Can Reduce the Risk of Infection after LASIK

By William Holcomb on April 13, 2015

Close-up of woman putting drops in her eyeIf you struggle with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK can reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses. However, if you are considering the procedure, you may have a few reservations. After all, your eyes are a delicate and sensitive part of your body. You certainly do not want to do anything that would compromise your vision. Rest assured that LASIK is a safe and low-risk procedure. Of course, like all surgeries, there is some risk of infection. However, these are typically minor and will clear up quickly. Additionally, with proper care, you can decrease your risk of infection even more. To learn more about reducing the risk of infection after LASIK, contact our practice today. Dr. William E. Holcomb and our team will guide you in correct post-surgical care to protect your eyes and speed your healing.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is one of the most popular elective medical procedures in the country. Dr. Holcomb will use a precise IntraLaseTM laser to create a thin flap in the surface of your cornea. Then he will use a state-of-the-art VISXTM laser to reshape the deeper layers of your cornea. This will allow light to pass through unimpeded and focus correctly on your retina. Following LASIK, you may need glasses only for certain tasks, such as reading and driving. Like many patients, you may no longer need corrective lenses at all.

The Low Risks of LASIK

Thanks to advanced laser technology and Dr. Holcomb’s considerable skill, LASIK poses negligible risks. The vast majority of LASIK patients never experience any adverse effects. However, surgery is never entirely risk free. Most side effects will gradually subside, or Dr. Holcomb can address them with revision surgery.

Proper Care Can Further Reduce Your Risks

Of course, taking care of yourself after surgery is the best way to protect your eyes. One of the most important things you can do is to attend all your post-operative visits. At these appointments, Dr. Holcomb will monitor your healing and check for signs of inflammation. Be sure to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. You can typically return to most of your activities within a few days of your procedure. However, you will need to make a few adjustments to your routine. First, you should avoid rubbing your eyes. This can disturb the corneal flap and expose your eyes to harmful bacteria. You should also use prescription eye drops, as directed by Dr. Holcomb. Finally, avoid dusty, dry environments, as well as facial creams and eye makeup. Dr. Holcomb and our team will let you know when you can return to your regular activities.

Treatment for Infection

On the rare occasion when infection does arise, it is usually easy to treat. In most cases, prescription eye drops and other medications will help the infection clear up within a few days. Nevertheless, it is important to address an infection as soon as possible. Early care will prevent serious, long-term damage. If you experience significant discomfort, worsening vision, or other symptoms of an eye infection, contact our office as soon as possible.

Learn More about Post-LASIK Care

Thanks to Dr. Holcomb’s skill and our comprehensive post-surgical care, at our practice, you know you are in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about LASIK and the very low risks of this procedure.

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