Instructions for Wearing Makeup after LASIK Surgery
By Andrew E Holzman, MD FACS on April 13, 2015
LASIK is an effective procedure that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and similar vision aberrations. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Andrew Holzman uses the latest laser technology, and he is highly experienced with this procedure. Because of his skill, your LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery will involve minimal risks. However, as with all surgical procedures, you must take certain precautions to prevent infection and other side effects. One way that you can protect your eyes and speed healing is through the proper use of eye makeup. Dr. Holzman will guide you as you return to wearing makeup after your surgery. He can also provide further tips for recovery. To learn more about makeup and LASIK instructions, contact our Washington, DC area practice today.
What Happens during LASIK?
During LASIK surgery, Dr. Holzman will use a precise laser to create a thin flap in your cornea. By lifting up this flap, he can access the underlying layers of your cornea. Then he will reshape this area using an excimer laser. By removing a small amount of tissues, he can correct the refraction of light so that it focuses on the center of your retina. The exact process will depend on your visual needs. For example, if you are nearsighted, he will flatten the cornea. If you suffer from farsightedness, he will make your cornea steeper.
What to Expect during Recovery
Recovery from LASIK is typically quick and easy. When he has achieved the final results, Dr. Holzman will lay the flap back down over your eye. The tissues will heal naturally within a few days. In most cases, you will notice a significant improvement in your vision within the first 24 hours. You may experience some minor sensitivity, but this will typically dissipate in a day or two.
LASIK has an astonishingly high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, over 96 percent of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better. Though risks are negligible, they may include:
- Overcorrection or undercorrection
- Dry eye
- Glare or halos
- Difficulty with night vision
In most cases, these side effects will clear up on their own, though in rare cases, you may require a revision surgery.
Starting to Wear Makeup after Laser Eye Surgery
Taking care of your eyes after LASIK is the best way to prevent these side effects. Like many patients, you may be wondering about makeup following your procedure. After all, once you no longer rely on glasses or contacts, your eyes will once again become the focal point of your face. For maximum safety, you should avoid wearing eye makeup for about a week following your surgery. You can continue to wear foundation and other products. However, if you apply makeup around your eyes, small particles could come in contact with the sensitive area, increasing your risk for irritation and infection.
When you do begin to wear makeup again, you should purchase new eyeliner and mascara. Bacteria can cling to old products, and, following surgery, you may be more susceptible to infection. Additionally, as you return to your normal routine of wearing makeup, avoid touching your eyes themselves during application. Dr. Holzman will provide further guidance, and he will let you know if you should avoid eye makeup for longer than a week.
Learn More about LASIK and Your Expected Recovery
Do you have further questions about LASIK and the healing process? Contact our office today. We will address your concerns and help you determine whether laser eye surgery is the right option for you.