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How Long Do You Have to Wear Sunglasses After LASIK?

How Long Do You Have to Wear Sunglasses After LASIK?

By Eye Center of Northern Colorado March 24, 2019

Caring for your eyes after your LASIK procedure is vitally important. Your eyes will be extra sensitive to light for the first month after the LASIK surgery and you will be required to wear protective goggles and sunglasses following the procedure.

On the day of your LASIK surgery, you will need to keep your eyes in the dark for the rest of the day. Immediately following your procedure you will be given dark goggles to wear home and for the first few days of recovery. In addition to protecting your eyes from harmful light, these goggles also protect from rubbing the eyes during this important stage of recovery when the LASIK flap could become easily damaged.

As you continue to heal from your LASIK procedure it is recommended that you wear high-quality sunglasses anytime you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day. If your eyes are exposed to UV rays without protection shortly after the surgery, your eyes may suffer from corneal haze which means a hazy or foggy view. It is very important that you make sure that your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sunglasses should also fit well and make you still feel comfortable after long time of wearing.

Style can be 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, but most importantly offer proper protection.

Wearing sunglasses after LASIK will help keep your eyes healthy and protected for years to come. If you need help choosing sunglasses or would like more information about LASIK in Ft. Collins, contact Eye Center of Northern Colorado at 970-221-2343 or eyecenternoco.com.

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