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How long after LASIK must I not rub my eyes for?

Eye & LASIK

I have a bad habit of rubbing my eyes. I really want to go for lasik but have been told that I cant rub my eyes after lasik. How long after the op must I not rub my eyes for?

 

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (2)

In general, try to refrain from rubbing your eyes for at least a few weeks after LASIK as the newly healed LASIK flap may run the risk of getting wrinkled or worse still becoming displaced with over-zealous rubbing.

That said, it is advisable to refrain from rubbing altogether as eye-rubbing is a major contributor to developing astigmatism, or worse still, a condition called corneal ectasia which can manifest as a corneal disease called keratoconus, associated with thinning of the cornea and irregular eye power.

762 views 6 Mar 2018

You’re right in that you can’t rub your eyes for at least a month after LASIK. I’m a habitual eye rubber too, so I know the pain of keeping my hands away from my eyes.

If you are worried that you may subconsciously rub your eyes at night, that’s what the protective goggle you will wear for the first 2 weeks or so are there for.

Besides, rubbing your eyes are actually kinda bad for your eyes, so maybe take it as a motivation for quitting! (Sad to say, I’ve relapsed back into my bad habits).

794 views 26 Jan 2018
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