Sunday, November 13, 2011

Eye Hospital - Post Surgery Care by Kathryn Dawson

Laser eye treatment is an extremely effective and safe treatment for a variety of eye conditions and problems. It is gaining more and more popularity over the years as patients report a nearly instant improvement in sight and drastically improved quality of life because of it. Surgery such as this should be carried out at an eye hospital where the whole procedure is extremely quick with minimal recovery time required. Many patients are back at work 48 hours after surgery in fact. For those wanting to find out about post-surgery recovery then read on. This article covers the after-effects of laser eye surgery and what the patient must do to ensure a complete return to normal health in just a day or two.

Of course circumstances and cases differ, but full recovery just 24 hours after the procedure is not uncommon. The eye doctors in charge will always provide strict instructions to rest the eyes after surgery and not expose them to any pieces of dust or debris. Most patients feel nothing during the surgery as special eye drops are used to anesthetize the eye. Once the procedure has been carried out (which can be just a few minutes) then the patient is escorted to a special recovery room. For approximately half an hour it is important the patient sits quietly to allow the anesthetic to wear off completely.

Once the patient has arrived home, there are still a few requirements necessary to aid recovery. Complete rest of the eyes is important. This means no reading, watching television or looking at a computer screen for a day or two. It is also important that the eyes are kept free from dust or dirt particles or anything that could get lodged in the eye. Often provided are protective glasses, to be worn for at least a few days after the operation in order to help prevent dust from getting in the eye.

Sometimes patients can take a day or two to recover completely and during that time, bright lights and glare from the television can cause irritation to the eyes. The best action to take is to sit somewhere slightly dark and avoid rubbing the eyes which could interfere with the healing process. Swimming is out of the question for a while as are any other sports. Patients should avoid water altogether for several days following a surgical eye procedure which means no face washing for a few days and showering extremely carefully.

By following the instructions and advice given at the hospital, there is very little chance that recovery will take longer than a day or two after an eye operation. The patient's vision should return quickly and post-surgery complications or infections are extremely rare and often only minor. By making sure the eyes are rested thoroughly for a few days, there shouldn't be too many problems during the healing process. Occasionally there may be difficulties with bright lights or the glare from the sun but this should pass quickly.

After the procedure there will be a period of recovery time to be taken at the hospital before being able to go home. This provides an opportunity for the eye doctors to check that the surgery was a success and no complications have arisen. The patient will be required to visit the eye hospital one last time a few days after surgery for a quick check on the healing process and discuss progress. Otherwise laser eye treatment is a straightforward and painless experience with high success rates and short recovery periods. It is becoming an increasingly popular eye treatment to cure a range of conditions from the relatively minor to the most severe.