When can I return to work after Laser Eye Surgery?


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This entirely depends on the type of laser eye surgery you have and the type of work that you do. After the surgery it is really important to let your eye heal properly, as if you return to work or sports too soon you can risk damaging your eye.

The most common type of laser eye surgery is called LASIK. This operation involves cutting a flap in the front of your cornea before it can be reshaped to correct your vision. Recovery from this operation takes longer than some others, as there is the risk that this flap can become dislodged. This is more likely to happen if you have a physical job e.g. armed forces or police than if you work in an office. The LASIK procedure is not available in certain occupations for exactly this reason. Recovery can take up to 3 weeks, so you are advised to take around 2 to 3 days off work following your operation.

With other less invasive laser eye surgery procedures such as Epi-LASIK or LASEK, the recovery time will be a bit less, often only requiring you to take half a day to 1 day off. These less invasive procedures are often better suited if you have a physical job, as there is a less risk of a flap becoming dislodged.

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