Lasik is a very popular treatment, and we get a lot of questions about it. Many of the questions are similar and are related to situations that may disqualify someone from being a good candidate, the cost, and how often people will need to recover. Some questions are a little more original, or simply looking for reassurance. Keep reading below to see if we’ve answered a question you’ve been holding thinking about for a while.
Can Lasik make me go blind?
LASIK is an extremely popular procedure, and we’ve performed many surgeries with wonderful outcomes. There are many LASIK practitioners out there who affect the statistics and, even with those included, complications that come after LASIK are rare. Rest assured, it would be rare and unusual for someone to go blind from LASIK surgery, especially if they followed their surgeon’s post-surgery instructions.
Granted, LASIK is a surgery and all surgeries do come with a certain level of risk. Most LASIK complications are mild and can be managed well. Complications that are most mentioned include halos, dry eyes, or glares. These often fade away after time. Severe complications that include vision loss are very uncommon, though certainly possible but exceedingly rare.
Can I shower after LASIK surgery?
While you can shower and bathe after your LASIK surgery, you shouldn’t get water in your eyes. That means you will need to be careful for a while after your surgery. Usually we recommend being careful and keeping water out of your eyes for around a week but you may take normal baths and showers. You will also need to avoid pools and hot tubs for longer, usually a minimum of two weeks.
What if I rub my eyes while I’m sleeping?
While you shouldn’t rub your eyes at all for a while as your eyes heal, many people worry that they will accidentally rub their eyes while they’re asleep. To protect your eyes, we will provide protective eyewear to wear at night for a total of five nights. The protective eyewear that we provide is similar to swim goggles and held in place with an elastic strap. We recommend their use only while sleeping for five nights after your LASIK procedure.
If you’re interested in Lasik, we can help. Call us at (818) 907-1038 to schedule a consultation at our Encino location or (818) 346-8118 for our West Hills location.