If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions we hear at the Rochester Eye & Laser Center is, “Do I need to use eye drops, and for how long?” In this blog, Dr. Kenneth Lindahl discusses the protocol he recommends for eye drops before and after all-laser LASIK surgery.
Do I Need to Use Eye Drops Before My LASIK Procedure?
LASIK patients at the Rochester Eye & Laser Center will be using two drops prior to their procedure. All patients are provided with clear written instructions and verbal instructions from the refractive coordinator.
- Antibiotic drops (start three days before)
- Artificial tears (start one week before)
Do I Need to Use Eye Drops After My LASIK Procedure?
You will continue to use both the antibiotic, artificial tear and a topical steroid drop after your LASIK procedure. You should follow the instructions provided by your surgeon.
Best practices for using eye drops:
- Allow 5 minutes between each type of eye drop.
- Always use the artificial tear drops last so that they coat your eyes.
How Long Do I Need to Use Eye Drops After My LASIK Procedure?
The Doctor will give you specific instructions on when to discontinue the use of the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops. The lubricating drops will be used for about a month then as needed.
Do lubricating drops need to be preservative-free?
Yes, preservative-free is easier on your cornea.
What brands of artificial tear lubricating drops are recommended?
Dr. Lindahl recommends Systane, Refresh, or Oasis Tears.