Making the Decision to have Lasik Eye Surgery
Making the decision to have Lasik eye surgery is probably one of the biggest and most emotional challenges you’ll ever have to face, and once you’ve made your decision, post-Lasik eye care and Lasik sunglasses are of the utmost importance. There’s no point in having surgery if you don’t take care of yourself afterwards.
I know this, because I had Lasik surgery performed on both eyes back in 2000.
After hearing all the horror stories (and of course back then Lasik surgery was relatively new), I was terrified to make the decision.
A number of people who had already had the surgery kept prompting me to take the plunge, but I was always reluctant. After all, no matter how bad my eyesight was, at least I could still see with glasses (or contact lenses). What if something went wrong and then I was left completely blind?
Finally, in 2000 I was leaving for a 6 month trip through the Amazon jungle. Glasses or contact lenses were going to be a hindrance on my trip and so I finally made the decision to have the surgery.
I had the surgery done in September 2000 and I was on my way to the Amazon in October 2000; one month later!
Anyway, I only tell you all this to explain to you how vital post-Lasik eye care, and Lasik sunglasses truly are.
Do you need sunglasses after Lasik eye surgery?
Sunglasses after Lasik surgery are absolutely essential and you should make sure that you have the correct sunglasses to help you to recover.
Quite obviously you will experience some discomfort after your surgery and by being aware of what can happen and being fully prepared, there is no reason whatsoever why you shouldn’t recover perfectly and in a short period of time.
So to begin with let me stress that you MUST wear sunglasses for the rest of the day after your surgery and it is highly recommended that you wear them for at least a month after.
Remember, after refractive surgery your eyes will be fragile and sensitive and protective eye wear is therefore essential.
The Reasons Why You Need Sunglasses After Lasik Eye Surgery
You will need to keep your eyes in the dark for the rest of the day after your surgery and your eyes will remain sensitive to light for up to a month after. It is therefore essential to have a pair of dark sunglasses with 100%UVA/UVB protection.
For the period after the first month, you may choose to wear lighter sunglasses with 100%UVA/UVB. The amount of protection that you get remains the same even if the glasses are lighter.
It is very important that you make sure that your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Corneal haze (a hazy or foggy view) is a possible side effect of Lasik eye surgery and it is believed that exposure to UV light is a possible culprit, so if you’re debating whether you should get or wear sunglasses after lasik surgery, debate no more; and it doesn’t make a difference whether it’s summer or winter either, light can affect your eyes regardless of the season.
Swimming and Tanning beds
If you intend swimming in the months after your surgery, make sure that you wear goggles and that your goggles have the correct UV protection. It’s no use protecting your eyes by wearing the correct sunglasses, when a small slip up like not getting the correct protection on your swimming goggles, can lead to damage.
Another thing to be weary of is tanning and particularly tanning beds. The UV rays from a tanning bed are much more intense than the sun’s and extra care must be taken when using a tanning bed.
It is recommended that you refrain from using a tanning bed for up to a year after your surgery. However, if you absolutely must tan, make sure that you use protective goggles especially designed for use for a tanning bed.
It is also likely that the goggles provided by the tanning salon do not fit properly so it is advisable that you get your own and ensure that they have a snug fit.
The Correct Type of Sunglasses
Sunglasses come in many shapes, styles and colors and can include your prescription lenses, but it is essential, and I cannot stress this enough, that they give you 100%UVA/UVB protection. You will ideally need two pairs after your surgery; a dark pair that will shield your eyes from light from every direction – from the front, sides and bottom. Wraparound sunglasses are ideal for protecting your eyes for the month after your surgery.
After this period, your eyes would have started to heal and you can then use a lighter lens and less protective shape. However, always make sure that you give your eyes full 100%UVA/UVB protection.
Style and Comfort
Style is an important issue when choosing your sunglasses after Lasik surgery because if you have a pair of sunglasses that you don’t like or don’t find comfortable, you are more likely to not wear them as often as you should. So, buy a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable, yet stylish. You want to feel like a movie star now that you can see the world clearly for the first time.
For me, the decision to have Lasik eye surgery was the best decision I ever made. I know that there are many people out there advocating the negative effects of the surgery, but I’m not here to debate that. I’ve already had the surgery done and am 100% satisfied.
This article simply serves as a guide for those of you who already have, or are about to have, Lasik surgery. You are doing yourself the biggest favour by correcting your eyesight and you must ensure that you look after your eyes post-Lasik. So, make sure you invest in some good quality sunglasses and enjoy your new view of the world!
mrsm12 on November 23, 2015:
Hi Khushboo, nice to hear from you! I was actually thinking about you the other day and I was hoping that your eyes were much improved.
I'm glad to hear you have found another doctor - sometimes it's best to get a 2nd and even 3rd opinion - and it sounds like this could be beneficial to you. I have also tried reiki and it is great, so keep up the good work, and things will get better; I'm sure of it.
I will be sending positive thoughts your way and I hope that you will be seeing great results soon!
Take care and thank you for keeping me updated; I really love to hear about your progress :)
khushboo on November 20, 2015:
This is an update, i finally was able to find a doc. For second opinion.. and i am going under a treatment.
According to him there was an issue with recovery of my eyes and it can be control to certain extend.
With his treatment i am also undergoing alternative therapy like reiki healing.
i am also looking for an eye specialist for further opinion.
Hoping for good results.
Trinity M (author) on May 08, 2015:
YAY! I'm so happy to hear that your eyes are getting better. Keep up the good work, don't give up, and I'm sure you'll be getting rid of those glasses in no time.
Good luck and keep in touch. :)
khushboo on April 03, 2015:
I am doing the exercises and also got my glasses few days back. I did see some improvement in my number on the prescription number after i started the exercise.
Hoping for the best
Hoping to get rid of the glasses also some day soon.
Trinity M (author) on March 30, 2015:
Hi khushboo. Yes, many people say they have night vision problems after lasik surgery. I have also experienced these problems but I wear glasses at night and it helps a lot. I suggest you do the eye exercises I mentioned to you before as they definitely help improve the overall quality of your vision; even at night. I hope this helps. Take care :)
khushboo on March 21, 2015:
i was reading about night vision problem post lasik can you please tell me us it a permanent problem or does it go away with time..
Trinity M (author) on March 20, 2015:
So glad to have been of help to you khushboo. Good luck and I'll be waiting to hear from you! :)
khushboo on March 19, 2015:
Thank you so much
I will definitely look into mier schneider
And practice his exercises..and i am hoping that once my eyes dryness issue is solved my eyes issues will also get solved. And rest some yoga and other exercises will help me heal my eyes and get clear vision.
I really appreciate the support i received from you... thank you once again.. will keep you updated..with my progress.. so that other can also be benefit of the same via your blog.
Trinity M (author) on March 19, 2015:
Hi khushboo. I’m sorry to hear that things haven’t turned out exactly as well as you hoped; however, I think over time your eyes will settle. Also -7 to -2 is a brilliant improvement! I would suggest that you find natural ways to improve your eyesight. If you’re interested, I recommend you look up a man called Mier Schneider, who was blind, and by doing certain eye exercises has managed to heal his eyes completely to the point of driving a car! His exercises might help you too.
Please take care and I hope to hear from you again soon with some great news! Good luck! :)
khushboo on March 19, 2015:
My left eye has -2 right now and in right eye because of dryness have double vision.. and now my doc say that cornea is thin so he cannot do the corrective surgery.from 7 to -2 is not a bad deal.. but...
Trinity M (author) on March 13, 2015:
Hi khushboo, thanks for the update. When I had my lasik surgery they had to under-correct my right eye because if they did more I could have lost vision in my eye; this means my right eye has been -1 since 2000, but I still do most things without glasses. I only wear glasses if I drive at night (which almost never happens), or in the rain.
I’m sure that everything will go very well for you on the 16th and I will be sending lots of blessings your way on that day for a successful outcome!
Good Luck! And please let me know. :)
khushboo on March 12, 2015:
I still have -2 in my left eye and some vision issue in right eye also..
I will.be having my corrective lasik on 16th march..
Hoping for the best.
And bit scared
Trinity M (author) on February 15, 2015:
Welcome back khushboo, and thanks for the update. I'm so glad to hear that even though your recovery is slow, you are in fact seeing some positive results! :) I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed for you and I hope to hear that you have had a full recovery soon!
Take care and have a great day! :)
khushboo on February 14, 2015:
Back for the update
1month post lasik... went to see my doc.. i feel vision is better.. though i am still facing double vision /ghost vision day in day out ..my doc says my recovery is taking time because of my prolong use of lenses my eyes are dry.. hoping for speedy recovery.. fingers crossed
Trinity M (author) on January 22, 2015:
Hi khushsboo! I’m SO glad this article has helped you feel better about your surgery. Sometimes it takes longer for some people to recover from their surgery, which seems to be the case with you. However, I’m sure that over time your eyes will get stronger. It’s been 15 years this year since I had my surgery and I’m grateful every day that I had it done. I sincerely hope that everything works out wonderfully for you! Please come back and let me know how it goes.
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your message. I wish you a speedy recovery and a wonderful day! :)
khushboo on January 21, 2015:
All i can say is thank you.
i had my lasik on 12th jan 2015... and honestly i was quite depressed..i started questioning my decision and felt i have made a terrible mistake but your blog and other people comment brought smile on my face and gave me a new hope.. .my vision is still not good and and at times i face double vision also with other problems.. my doc said it will take 4weeks....but i am all chargedup with new hope and positive attitude thank you
Trinity M (author) on October 14, 2014:
Hi Marie. In all honesty I have never heard of anyone experiencing a problem like yours after Lasik surgery. I am by no means an expert, but this sounds like a different problem altogether. I guess if it's really bothering you, you should go see your eye specialist about it so that he can check it out.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving your comment, and I really hope that everything works out for you; I know how important having clear vision can be. Wishing you all the best :)
Marie on October 12, 2014:
Hi trinity, have you ever heard of anyone having trouble wearing sunglasses after Lasik surgery. I had the surgery many years ago and sunglasses were fine but if I wear sunglasses now it seems to distort the vision and I have to keep taking them off especially when driving. I have not heard of anyone else with this problem and am wondering if it has anything to do with having the surgery
Trinity M (author) on January 29, 2014:
Hi Taimur, good luck with your surgery! I am sure everything will go very well and speaking from experience; you will not regret it. Yes there might be some dryness or poor night vision, but isn’t it better than not seeing at all? I definitely think so! Take care and I’d love to hear from you after you’ve had your surgery. All the best :)
Taimur on January 28, 2014:
I'm having my LASIK eye surgery in two weeks time, I hope everything goes well and I can see the world without the use of spectacles. I'm still quite scarred after listening about some side effects as off dry eyes and poor night vision.
Trinity M (author) on May 08, 2013:
Thank you Erkan, I really appreciate your positive feedback. Best wishes to you :)
Erkan on May 08, 2013:
I am really appreciating your blog. Your blog for Intralase Lasik Surgery are very valuable for me. Thank you so much for giving such a good information.
Trinity M (author) on April 18, 2013:
Hi Nag. I’m sorry to hear that you have to wear glasses again after your Lasik surgery. I also have glasses but I only wear them when I’m driving at night or when I’m driving in the rain. Working in front of a computer screen can put a lot of strain on your eyes so it is understandable that you may need glasses to ease the strain.
Unfortunately I am not an eye doctor so I cannot really predict if your vision will get worse. My advice to you would be to check with your eye doctor who would be able to advise you best in this matter. Also, try some regular eye exercises to keep your eyes as strong as possible. I hope this helps and I wish you all the best.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment; have a great day :)
Nag on April 18, 2013:
I have done Lasik 5 years ago and this year when i went to eye checkup my doctor prescribed for glasses and I am little disappointed to wear glasses again. But i am a computer professional and has been on computer all the days till now after i did Lasik.. Any idea if the vision can go worse from now?
Trinity M (author) on October 25, 2012:
Hi Linda, So nice to see you! :) I would highly recommend the procedure to your daughter; it is quick, painless and the benefits are phenomenal. I used to wear thick glasses that were so heavy I got headaches and contact lenses that gave me eye infections all the time. I must admit I was very scared to have the surgery and it took me many years to pluck up the courage but I’m SO glad I did. Being able to wake up in the morning and see the world is a wonderful thing :)
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your support as always. Take care and have a wonderful day :)
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 25, 2012:
Very informative hub!! My daughter has mentioned having this procedure a few times. I'll share this hub with her :)
Trinity M (author) on October 09, 2012:
Hi Sueswan, nice to see you :)
I agree with you 100%, Lasik surgery was one of the best investments in my self that I have ever made; I still wonder how I used to walk around with thick glasses or eye infections from contact lenses for so many years, and I too have several great pairs of sunglasses that I cannot leave home without as I find my eyes are quite light sensitive since the surgery.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your support. Have a great day! :)
Sueswan on October 08, 2012:
I had Lasik surgery March 2011. It was the best thing I ever did and I have no regrets. I still have the dark glasses I was given right after surgery and still wear them to this day.
Voted up and awesome
Take care :)
Trinity M (author) on August 23, 2012:
Hi David, I believe that the most important thing about sunglasses is to wear a pair that you really like and feel comfortable in; the shape of your face isn’t as important as what sunglasses you choose but how comfortable you feel wearing them. You can always click on one of the links in this hub and go to Amazon and browse around until you find what you like.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. :)
David Hussy on August 23, 2012:
I think i have a long, skinny face shape. I can't tell.
But I look so funny in the sunglasses i ever picked out.
Theres a few pictures of my face shape. help pleassse i have to wear sunglasses all the time!
Trinity M (author) on July 18, 2012:
Hi Enqwe Hong, glad you like the sunglasses :) Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving your comments. I really appreciate it.
Enqwe Hong from London on July 17, 2012:
Hi, I love this kind of sunglasses~I 'm a crazy sunglasses fan. I'll come by and what is new. Thank you for your sharing!
Trinity M (author) on July 16, 2012:
Ahhhh billybuc, you are my sweet guardian angel; you always manage to put a big smile on my face. Thank you for the unwavering support.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2012:
Honestly Trinity, I have never had this surgery and it doesn't look like I will need to, but this is very informative and anyway, I just wanted to give you some support. You are such a nice person, so supportive of me, so here I am.
Trinity M (author) on June 19, 2012:
Thanks for your comments Christy. I must admit that having lasik surgery was the best decision I ever made. Although my eyes have regressed slightly I am fortunate not to wear glasses anymore (I used to wear coke bottles… LOL). Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your support.
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 19, 2012:
The sunglasses are absolutely essential. I had Lasik but my eyes have regressed so now I wear glasses again. But my vision is much better than it was! A useful hub for anyone wanting to know more about the process. Be healthy my friend.
Trinity M (author) on June 18, 2012:
Hi @anthney. I think everyone has a different recovery period post lasik surgery. If you are still having problems with your eyes, I would suggest that you contact your eye doctor for advice. Good luck and I hope you can see clearly soon!
anthney on June 18, 2012:
helo sir i m anthney , i ve done my lasik ,2 weeks but still i have lilttle blurred vision ,can u plz tellme after u r lasik wen did u r eyes completely came to zero power vision
Trinity M (author) on May 29, 2012:
Thank you for your comments Venkata M. I fully agree with you, your eyes are very important and should always be taken care of in the possible way. Glad you enjoyed the article.
Venkata M on May 29, 2012:
Even i've done 3 years ago & every thing fine. Hope for the same in future......to be safe. for any one who did surgery must follow the Doctor recommendation with out fail. As Eyes are main thing in life to enjoy the beauty of the world. Plz take care well......
Trinity M (author) on May 03, 2012:
Thanks for the comments alocsin. I had Lasik eye surgery done 12 years ago and I consider it one of the best decisions I have ever made! I hope everything goes perfectly for you if you decide go ahead with the surgery and glad I could help with some advice. Good luck!
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 02, 2012:
I'm considering getting Lasik in the future and so appreciate this pre-operative advice. Voting this Up and Interesting.