When can I drive after laser eye surgery?

When can I drive after laser eye surgery?

We advise you avoid driving to your first follow-up appointment, the day after surgery, however if you do decide to drive this should be the very earliest you start driving again.

At your initial follow-up appointment your surgeon will carry out an assessment and will advise you on whether you should begin to drive again based on whether your eyes meet the legal driving standard.

The majority of patients are back to the legal driving standard when tested at this initial follow-up appointment, meaning they are able to drive the day after surgery. However, we advise you wait until you feel completely comfortable before resuming driving.

After your surgery, we strongly urge you to ask a friend or family member to drive you home as although your vision may seem quite clear immediately after your surgery, some blurring is likely to occur for several hours post-surgery. Additionally, during your surgery anaesthetic eye drops are used and as these wear off after your surgery its likely your eyes will be increasingly sensitive to light and be a little irritated, this will cause them to ‘water’ which, in turn, will impact your vision.

Furthermore, if you are an extremely nervous patient it may be the case you are given a mild sedative before your surgery begins which is likely to make you a little drowsy and will influence your reaction time, making driving dangerous.

We recommend you wear sunglasses when travelling home after surgery to prevent you from unintentionally rubbing, touching or bumping your eyes in the hours after your surgery, and clear eye shields to wear in bed for the first night after surgery.

If your driver’s licence states you that you ‘require corrective lenses’ to drive, at one of your follow-up appointments your surgeon may give you the paperwork to take to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office which enables you to have this restriction removed from your licence.

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