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Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun after Laser Eye Surgery

29th May, 2013  

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After laser eye surgery many people want to know the best way of maintaining healthy eyesight. Looking after your eyes is the best way to recover successfully in the long run. Laser eye surgery clinics would recommend that wearing sun glasses when in direct sunlight after is essential. This will prevent direct sunlight from coming in contact with your eyes, something that is all the more harmful during the healing process of the cornea. So exactly what is it about our glorious summer sun that can be so damaging to our eyes?

As the summer approaches many of us will, of course, protect our skin with sunscreen, but what about our eyes? We all know the damaging effects that ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on our skin; however, the effects on our eyes can be just as harmful. This is because UV radiation can burn the front surface of the eye, much like it does on our skin. The resulting dangers can put the eye’s surface tissues at risk as well as the cornea and lens.

Short term effects can lead to Photokeratitis, which feels like sand or grit in the eye and can be quite painful. This can be easily cured with eye drops; however, long term effects can lead to more serious diseases such as Cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Quality sunglasses that offer good protection when outdoors in the sun are therefore essential and especially important during the laser eye surgery recovery process. Laser eye surgery clinics recommended that sunglasses are worn on bright days over a period of 12 months after surgery.

The NHS suggest protecting your eyes after laser eye surgery with sunglasses that carry the ‘CE’ mark, and the British Standard BS EN 1836:1997, which ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of ultraviolet protection. Good quality sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 % of UV radiation. They should also block out up to 90 % of visible light. If you spend a lot of time in bright sunlight, wrap-around frames can also provide additional protection from harmful UV radiation by keeping UV rays from reaching the eyes. Following such precautions after surgery will ensure the best possible results from your operation – allowing you to reap the benefits of improved eyesight for years to come.

Don’t worry, the aftercare process is a very simple and hassle free process. Full and detailed instructions will be provided and discussed by your surgeon.

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