When is it safe to start using a computer after Lasik?

Computer Use After LASIK

Computer Use After LASIK

For most of us, avoiding the use of a computer is difficult, whether it’s for work or countless other reasons. Since we live in a world that’s dependent on computers for many tasks – such as reading the newspaper, paying the bills, communicating with friends, studying, performing office tasks and so on – many of us spend more than 40 hours per week facing the screen.

When undergoing Lasik in Abu Dhabi, many patients want to know what their computer use should be after the procedure, as prolonged exposure may cause unusual irritation, redness, and dryness of the eyes due to less blinking.

The average person blinks about 18 times a minute in normal conditions; however, when glued to the screen – be it television, computer or mobile device – blinking is reduced by half.

Those who spend significant time working on their computers may defer undergoing Lasik in Abu Dhabi fearing any issues about using the computer post-procedure.

The recovery time after Lasik differs with every patient; however, a doctor is likely to discourage exposing the eyes to a screen for at least a few days or even weeks, depending on the scope of the problem.

Artificial tears: An option after Lasik

Dryness of the eyes may increase for the first few weeks or months after Lasik if a patient is putting too much stress on the eyes in front of the computer. If this is the case, artificial tears can be prescribed by doctors, under certain conditions.

Complete recovery may progress over the next six months, so it’s crucial to follow the aftercare tips and instructions provided by the doctor.

Dry eyes are a common side-effect of Lasik and there are cases when a patient is prescribed with artificial tears for a lifetime. It is important for all computer users to keep the eyes moist, whether they’ve undergone Lasik in Abu Dhabi or not!

Don’t forget to blink

To blink or not to blink is human nature and if someone has recently undergone Lasik treatment, blinking is very important – even more for computer users.

If you can’t avoid using a computer, due to your job or any other reason, post a note on your desk to be mindful of the eyes by blinking and keeping the eyes moist.

The rule of the 20s

While not purely medical science, one helpful tip is to practice the ‘Rule of 20s’ after Lasik. When using a computer or watching television, look away from the screen after every 20 minutes and stare at any stationary object for at least 20 seconds, kept at a distance of 20 feet. This should help lessen the strain on the eyes and while doing so, don’t forget to blink!

Rest the eyes

Resting the eyes as much as possible after Lasik is the key to speeding-up recovery time and vision clarity. Therefore, it’s important to take breaks throughout the day to rest the eyes for a few minutes or an hour and to try to sleep longer during the night.


To keep the eyes moist, blinking frequently is important after Lasik in Abu Dhabi especially when using the computer.

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