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Aug 5, 2011
Protect your eyes after vision correction surgery
Sultry heat is back with summer. The weather forecast says that this summer will be hotter and more humid than usual years. People are heading to mountains and beaches to avoid sweltering heat. In this season of outdoor activities, germs easily spread due to frequent contact with other people, high temperature and humidity, thus requiring special care. Since human eyes, in particular, are more sensitive than other bodily parts and also exposed to the external environment, they are prone to bacterial infection and disease.
One of common eye diseases occurring in summer is epidemic conjunctivitis a.k.a. pink eye. It is highly contagious, and the symptoms include redness, irritation, watering of the eyes. In severe cases, the lymph glands in front of the ears and under the jaw swell and hurt.
If these symptoms occur, one should rest his/her eyes, use an antibiotic eye drop, and see an ophthalmologist to prevent complications. As epidemic conjunctivitis is infected through hands, one should often wash hands with soap not to infect family members and other people. As more frequent contact translates into higher chances of infection, one should avoid going to crowded places.
If you receive a vision correction surgery like LASIK, you should be especially careful not to catch epidemic conjunctivitis and other infections. If such happens within two months – the time required stabilizing your vision after the surgery, it may be difficult to heal your eyes from the disease. As such, use of swimming pools, public baths, and outdoor activities should be resumed two months after the surgery.
Another harmful factor in summer is ultraviolet rays. If your eyes are exposed to direct and strong sunlight for a long period of time, the UV rays can damage the cornea, which may lead to cataract and macular degeneration in severe cases. Corneal opacity may also occur as a side effect if one’s eyes are exposed to UV rays after the vision correction surgery. In that case, one should stay indoors or wear sunglasses to block UV rays.
Seoul Balgeun Sesang Eye Clinic strives to serve you better. We engage in continuous research to restore your vision and happiness to your life. Balgeun Sesang Eye Clinic was one of the first eye clinics that introduced LASIK and LASEK procedures to Korea, which then did perform many vision correction procedures. It first opened as Busan Balgeun Sesang Eye Clinic in 1997 to introduce and propagate such procedures to Korea. Cheongdam Balgeun Sesang Eye Clinic opened in 2000, and since then, the clinics have made continuous advancement as a leader in the vision correction procedures. It earned a JCI (Joint Commission International Accreditation) certification in 2011, which was the first for a Korean ophthalmic clinic. As such, our capacity to provide international-level medical service is proven to be equal to that of the world’s leading hospitals like U.S. John's Hopkins Hospital.
Trusted by the public and frequented by many celebrities from home and abroad, Balgeun Sesang Eye Clinic has made a great record of having performed 160,000 vision correction procedures. Its name is synonymous with such procedures in Korea. With its outstanding performance in research and surgical experience, the clinic has earned recognition from the international medical society. We promise to continue to work for your bright vision, health and happiness, not only in Korea but also in any part of the world.
Available Languages English, Japanese, Chinese Open Hour 10:00~19:00 (Mon to Thurs), 10:00~21:00 (Fri), 9:00~18:00 (Sat), closed on Sundays and public holidays Address
2F, 6F and 7F of Hanyang Town, 665-1, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Amenities at the clinic
Café to serve coffee, tea and more Directions
(by subway) Take bus no. 301 at a bus stop 30m from exit 4 of Gangnam Gucheong station of subway line 7. Get off at Designers’ Club/Kinema Theater. The clinic is located on the 7th floor of Hanyang Town across the street.
(by car) Turn right from the Galleria Department Store intersection to the direction of the Gangnam-gu district office. Move 150m and park the car behind the Hanyang Town building on your right.