Navigating Screen Time After LASIK Surgery in Melbourne
Screens are part of modern daily life, which is something you’ll especially notice when you have to reduce your exposure to screen time following eye surgery LASIK. Staring at screens for long periods of time can dry out your eyes, leaving them feeling sore and making you feel tired. While recovery from LASIK surgery is fast, too much screen time can delay the healing process.
The NewVision Clinics experts can guide you through every part of getting LASIK, from the initial consultation process to post-procedure recovery tips tailored to your lifestyle. Below, we offer our technologically inclined clients some advice on managing screen time after LASIK.
Avoid Screens for 24 Hours After LASIK Surgery
Your eyes will be especially sensitive in the first few days after getting LASIK.
It’s essential that you rest your eyes to promote healing, speed up recovery and reduce the risk of complications. An important part of this rest involves avoiding screens, which will help you to avoid drying out or tiring your eyes.
Avoid any screen time for the first 24 hours after surgery. During this time, we recommend audiobooks, podcasts and listening to music as an alternative to watching movies, browsing the internet and checking social media.
Limit Screen Time for a Few Weeks
While you can return to most activities after 24 to 48 hours, the corneal tissue in your eyes will continue healing for the next few weeks. Reducing screen time for the next few weeks can support this healing process.
If you have to look at a screen for work, there are some ways to alter screen use habits to help reduce strain such as the 20-20-20 rule. After looking at a screen for 20 minutes, look away for 20 seconds while focusing on something 20 feet away. The rule helps reset your blink rate and reduces strain from focusing on the same thing for too long. You can also make a more conscious effort to blink more frequently and to use eye drops to prevent your eyes from drying out.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
After undergoing eye surgery LASIK patients should aim to get quality sleep in the weeks following treatment. A great night’s sleep is one of your most powerful tools when it comes to timely healing and recovery from procedures.
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