How long will I need to take off work after laser eye surgery?

Your eyes have an amazing defence system and significant healing prowess. They effectively filter out dust and dirt, heal scratches within a matter of hours, and recover and adapt to the adjustments made during laser eye surgery in a very short space time. This means the time off work you require post-op is minimal.

How long will I need to take off work after laser eye surgery?

Your eyes have an amazing defence system and significant healing prowess. They effectively filter out dust and dirt, heal scratches within a matter of hours, and recover and adapt to the adjustments made during laser eye surgery in a very short space time. This means the time off work you require post-op is minimal.

Your initial consultation can take up to 2 hours to allow us to accurately map and measure your eyes. Doing this allows us to make the most accurate recommendation to you we possibly can about the treatments available to you based on the unique characteristics of your eyes. It is important to note that during this consultation we often need to use eye drops to dilate your pupils, these eye drops can make your vision slightly blurry and your eyes more light sensitive. You can return to work after your consultation but you should avoid driving for at least 4 hours because of the effect the dilating eye drops have on your eye sight.

You will need to take the day of your surgery off from work and after your procedure we recommend you take some time off, however the length of time will vary person to person. We will assess your recovery rate to give you a more accurate and personal time scale but as a rough guide we suggest you allow at least 24-48 hours, however some people need up to a week off work to adjust to their new eyesight.

After your surgery there are a number of aftercare appointments you must attend. These follow-up appointments usually take around 15 minutes and we recommend most people to have 3 to 4 aftercare appointments following their surgery. The first two however are the most important, the first of which is the day after your surgery and the second is 7 days following your treatment.

Your eyes start healing immediately after your surgery and the initial healing occurs very rapidly meaning the majority of patients get back on their feet with their new and improved vision in as little as 24 hours. By this time they are getting back to their usual routines; driving again, reading, using smart phones and returning to work. However, you do need to be aware that it is fully normal to experience some blurred vision or fluctuations in your vision for several weeks, and sometimes even months, following your surgery.

If you have undergone LASEK it is likely you may have to have a little longer off work, with most people returning after 5 to 7 days. Generally you may feel able to go back to work before this time but there are special precautions that need to be taken to ensure a smooth and steady recovery after your operation.