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Eye Surgery During Summer: Debunking Popular Myths & Facts

By Dr. Neetu Gagneja in Eye Care / Ophthalmology

Jul 01 , 2024 | 1 min read

Eye surgery, particularly refractive surgeries like LASIK and cataract surgery, has been surrounded by numerous myths, especially concerning the best time of year to undergo these procedures. A common belief is that summer is not ideal for eye surgery due to various perceived risks. However, many of these concerns are unfounded. Let's debunk some of the prevalent myths about eye surgery during summer.

Myth 1: There is an increased risk of infection due to heat and humidity.

Fact: Modern surgical techniques and postoperative care are designed to minimize infection risk regardless of the season. When proper hygiene and care protocols are followed, there is no significant difference in infection rates between summer and other seasons.

Myth 2: Sunlight exposure causes complications.

Fact: While it's true that excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can harm the eyes, this is not a seasonal issue but a year-round concern. Post-surgery, patients are advised to wear UV-protective sunglasses to shield their eyes from harmful rays. 

Myth 3: Eyes can be excessively dry during summer.

Fact: Dry eye symptoms can occur after refractive surgery, but they are not necessarily exacerbated by the summer season. The air-conditioned environments prevalent during summer can contribute to dry eyes, but this is similar to the dry indoor air experienced in winter.

Myth 4: The healing time after eye surgery is extended during summer.

Fact: The duration of recovery after eye surgery does not vary with the seasons. Healing depends on individual patient factors and adherence to postoperative care rather than the time of year. Ensuring proper follow-up and care is the key to a smooth recovery process, regardless of when the surgery is performed.

Myth 5:  Allergies can cause increased discomfort.

Fact: While some people may experience more eye discomfort due to seasonal allergies in the summer, this does not preclude having eye surgery. Preoperative assessment includes managing any preexisting conditions like allergies. 

Modern eye surgery techniques and postoperative care protocols have advanced significantly, making the timing of the surgery less dependent on external factors like season. Summer does not inherently pose a greater risk for eye surgery patients, provided they adhere to recommended care guidelines. The decision to undergo eye surgery should be based on individual needs and circumstances rather than myths about seasonal risks. Consulting an ophthalmologist can provide personalized advice and dispel any lingering concerns about the best time for surgery.