Flip flops: check. Hat: check. Bathing suit: check. Cooler: check.
Glasses & contacts: ugh.
Is it too early to plan your getaway? No way! If you’re already dreaming of sun, surf and sand, the last thing you want to think about is how to avoid breaking your glasses or taking care of your contact lenses. Spring is here and before you know it, summer will hit like a heat wave. For those of you who would love the “LASIK life,” now is the time to plan that dream vacation.Consider timing your LASIK procedure around your vacation plans. Here are seven things you should know before setting up your away message at work.
Driving: You should have no problem driving after a day or two of recovery. You can wear sunglasses if you are experiencing light sensitivity, since wearing sunglasses in general after LASIK is a good idea.
Flying: Flying is usually safe since your eyes aren’t affected by air pressurization any differently after the surgery than before. However, the air in plane cabins is usually drier than on the ground, so you’ll want to make sure you carry lubricating drops with you and use them regularly. It’s also a good idea to sleep, listen to music, or do other activities that don’t require you to keep your eyes open.
Makeup: Give yourself three to five days before wearing eye makeup after LASIK. You should pick up a new bottle of mascara once your “no makeup” sentence has been lifted.
Showering: You may take showers or baths after LASIK, but make sure to keep water and shampoo away from your eyes for the first week after surgery. Also, you may dab around your eyes, but rubbing your eyes with a towel is not recommended.
Sleeping: When you’re back at your hotel after a long day of fun, make sure to wear eye shields when you go to bed. These will protect your eyes while they heal during that first week.
Sunglasses: It’s always a good idea to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays and foreign particles.
Swimming: Last but certainly not least, no swimming or hot tubs for 2 weeks and no high-impact water sports for 3 months. Swimming in a lake or other body of freshwater before your eyes have recovered from the LASIK procedure increases your risk of an eye infection.
Plan ahead and you’ll be able to enjoy your getaway without the hassle of glasses and contact lenses.