Interviewer: Okay. Anything else apart from that that people should be aware of that might happen in the next few days or the next week?
Alex Shortt: Occasionally, patients have difficulty with computer screens due to glare. Now, that is very much a temporary issue, and it doesn’t happen to everyone, but we sometimes have a patient contact us saying, “I’m fine, my vision is much better than it was, but you know what, my eyes feel heavy and tired on the computer”.
Sometimes, that’s due to the glare and in some patients, depending on your prescription. If you’re short-sighted, typically, you won’t have to work that hard to focus your eyes very close because your eye is naturally short-sighted. Your focus is here.
Some patients, who we correct their vision for the distance are no longer short-sighted and having to work a little bit harder to see close up. And they might experience mild eye strain or mild tiredness in the eyes ehich is completely transient and will go away after a few weeks once the eyes settle down.
The last issue that patients get is dryness. Now, dryness is very variable. Some patients find there’s a need to use eye drops every hour for a week or two after the surgery because the eyes otherwise feel dry and tired. It’s unusual to see that much dryness, but that can happen.
The majority of patients find they need to use the eye drops every couple of hours for a few weeks after surgery, but over time, they use less and less. Certainly, within six to eight weeks of surgery, patients should not need to be using dry eye drops regularly.
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