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When a patient has successfully undergone laser surgery for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, he must take proper care of his eyes to ensure a full recovery. Below is a list of activities that one can engage in within different time frames of recovery after laser surgery.

After Surgery Activities to note

Driving: (1-2 days) Although this largely depends on the type of laser eye surgery that was carried out as well as your recovery time. But it is best to get the go-ahead from the doctor before resuming all driving activities.

Showering: (2 days onwards) Opt for a bathtub instead of a shower to avoid getting the eyes wet.

Putting on eye make-up: This could take up to a week or longer.

Swimming: (2-3 weeks) But you would be required to put on goggles when you make your return to the pool.

Aerobics:(3 days) Patients will have to avoid racquet sports and football for one or two weeks. Also, high-impact sports such as boxing should be delayed until at least a month after surgery.

Care after recovery

The following eye care tips are also important for a full recovery from laser surgery and they should be adhered to:

  • Ensure that you put on the eye shields made available by your doctor when sleeping for the first three nights after the surgery.
  • Avoid getting water, soap or other chemical products in your eyes for the first week. Also, avoid the use of swimming pools or saunas for up to two weeks after the surgery.
  • Stay away from dusty environments and avoid rubbing your eyes or putting on make-up. This is because your eyes are very sensitive and might feel slightly tender or itchy in the days following the surgery.
  • Also, your eyes will most likely be sensitive to light. Therefore, wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from bright lights and sunshine for as much as 12 months after surgery.
  • When watching television or using a computer, take regular screen breaks. You can walk away from the screen every  20 minutes. Ensure also that you don’t sit too close to the TV or look at your computer at a very close range.
  • You will most likely need to adjust your screen settings and the lighting in the house to reduce the brightness and avoid adverse reactions from setting in.

Patient care and obedience to the directives of the doctor can help speed up the healing process and reduce the chances of infection. Contact us for more information on the topic.