Computer Use after LASIK

October 16, 2016 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik Eye Care

A man staring at a computer screenLASIK a safe and highly effective surgical procedure; it can permanently correct the refractive errors that cause blurry vision in millions of people in the United States. Two factors that are critical to the success of LASIK surgery are the proper screening of patients and careful attention to the doctor’s post-surgical instructions.

At Southwest Eye Care and Laser, Dr. Gregory Stainer and our team meticulously evaluate patients to ensure they are good candidates for LASIK. We also educate patients on the importance of proper care during the LASIK recovery period. In this blog post, we discuss how computer and tablet use may affect healing, and provide guidelines on the use of these devices after LASIK. To learn more about computer use after LASIK, read on, and then contact our Bakersfield, CA practice to schedule an appointment.

How Computer Use Affects the Eyes

The main reason why we recommend that patients reduce or avoid computer use altogether in the first few days after LASIK is for your comfort. When people stare at a computer, tablet, or mobile device screen for extended lengths of time, they tend to blink less frequently. Infrequent blinking can contribute to dryness of the eyes.

Dry eye is already a side effect of LASIK surgery. By staring at a computer screen, you can further exacerbate your dry eye. Eye dryness can result in increased discomfort because the corneal flap that was created during LASIK surgery is still healing. By keeping the eyes lubricated, patients can avoid discomfort.

In addition, staring at a computer or tablet screen can result in eyestrain, or the bright light can cause issues with light sensitivity. You may wish to lower the dimness of your computer screen for a few days after surgery. However, it is best to give the eyes a couple of days of rest before spending a lot of time in front of the computer.

Computer and Tablet Use Guidelines after LASIK

The first 24 hours after LASIK is the critical healing period. Try to avoid extended computer use during this time. Ideally, you will spend as much time as possible resting with your eyes closed during this time to encourage healing of the corneal flap.

Over the next two or three days, you may wish to slowly introduce increased computer and tablet use into your routine. When using the computer, try to remember to blink frequently. You can also practice the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eyestrain; every 20 minutes, look at a still object that is about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

If you experience dryness of the eyes while using the computer, you can use artificial tears to provide additional lubrication and comfort. However, if you experience significant discomfort as a result of dry eye, light sensitivity, or eyestrain, it is a good idea to stop using the computer and close your eyes for a few minutes to give them time to rest.

To find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Southwest Eye Care and Laser today.

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