What activities should I avoid after laser eye surgery, and for how long?


What activities should I avoid after laser eye surgery, and for how long? Your eyes will typically feel somewhat gritty and may water for three or four hours after your procedure, so you should go home and ideally rest during this period. There are some anaesthetic eye drops in your post-op pack if they feel uncomfortable. Just use one drop to each eye which will numb any discomfort for about 45 minutes.

With Focus’ advanced laser procedure, your vision will be much better immediately after correction. At our clinic, many patients can see with 20/20 vision remarkably just minutes after surgery.

After four hours your eyes will be comfortable, clear, and the vision typically excellent. With LASIK, you will be able to return to work the following day, after your review appointment.

You should avoid touching your eyes or face during the first few hours. You should also avoid getting water in your eyes during the first 48 hours.

It is advisable to avoid sporting activities during the first week. After this time you can resume all normal activities. We do ask, however, that you avoid tight swimming goggles during the first four weeks after surgery. Additionally, it is best to refrain from saunas and steam rooms for two weeks.

Short haul flights are fine once you have had your next-day check at the clinic. Long haul flights can be taken after you have had your second check-up, one week after treatment.

Further information on laser eye surgery risks and safety can be found here.

Please call us on 0207 307 8250 if you have any additional questions or would like to discuss vision correction in more detail.

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