How Much Time Do I Take Off Work for LASIK?

December 28, 2018 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik

Woman sleepingLASIK surgery improves a patient’s vision by addressing the cause of vision impairment. During this procedure, which takes just a few minutes per eye, concentrated laser energy is used to reshape the corneal tissues and correct abnormalities that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

After LASIK surgery, patients can expect a number of side effects, which may include discomfort and minor vision abnormalities. These side effects typically only last a few days, and are not significant enough to inhibit a person’s daily functions for any extended period of time.

With that being said, most patients wonder how much time they should take off work after LASIK treatment at our Bakersfield, CA center, Southwest Eye Care and Laser.

Can I Return to Work after My LASIK Procedure?

LASIK is a brief procedure that results in a short recovery period. Shortly after surgery is complete, patients can go home. However, patients should understand that they will not be ready to work right after the LASIK procedure.

Immediately following LASIK, vision will be blurry.

In addition, the eyes will be especially sensitive to light, including glare from a computer screen, smart phone, or television.

Patients will also be under the effects of calming medication. As a result, patients will be unable to drive and need to have someone provide them with a ride home.

Once patients return home, they are advised to rest their eyes for several hours. A three to four-hour nap is ideal, as this gives the eyes the time needed to heal and recover from the LASIK procedure.

Since any discomfort or irritation is likely to be the most noticeable that first day of LASIK treatment, patients should give themselves time to focus on healing, rather than on work.

Can I Go Back to Work the Day after LASIK?

Most patients are able to go back to work the day after the LASIK procedure. But they should keep in mind that they will need to return to our practice that day for a follow-up appointment.

Although patients need to get a ride to this appointment, we typically clear patients to drive, provided the eyes are healing as anticipated.

Follow-up appointments can usually be scheduled in the early to mid-morning. Since the appointment should not take more than 20-30 minutes, this will likely leave the patient with time to return to work.

However, patients should not feel rushed. If the eyes still feel strained, or if vision isn’t clear yet, it is best to take a little more time off to recover.

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If you are interested in learning more about the LASIK procedure, or the anticipated recovery process, the experienced eye doctors at Southwest Eye Care and Laser would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at your earliest convenience to get more information. You can reach our practice by calling (661) 393-2331.

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