Laser Eye Surgery: Common Things to Expect Post-Op

August 12, 2021
By: Dr. Dimple Kapoor

Eyeglasses and contact lenses are among the first things that come to mind when it comes to correcting refractive vision errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Another option that may correct your vision is laser eye surgery. It usually takes less than an hour to complete and also has a quick recovery time.

Find out what you should expect after your laser eye surgery from a local provider of eyeglasses and frames.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Patients typically experience better vision on the day of the surgery and notice that their eyes feel normal just within 24 hours post-surgery. Keep in mind that it may not be safe for you to drive home after the procedure. Driving is strongly discouraged 24 hours post-laser eye surgery. You’ll usually see finer details of objects one or two weeks post-op.

After surgery, your vision will continue to improve, which may take up to three months if you have a powerful eye prescription. Surgery adjustments or enhancements can be done if necessary. Moreover, those with hyperopia may need to wait longer to see clearer.

Do I Need To Take Time Off From Work?

Whether you need to take time off from your job or not depends on what kind of work you do. If it involves intense focus or clarity, it would not be easy to perform a few days after the surgery. Your eye doctor can help determine if you are fit to go back to work. At Eye & Vision Care, we are here to provide you with the vision correction treatment and referral you need. We also offer quality eyeglasses, frames, and contact lenses.

How Long Should I Wait Before Playing Sports?

Those who play sports should wait at least two weeks before participating in activities that cause sweat to touch their eyes. It is also advisable to wear safety glasses while doing contact sports, even if you didn’t get laser eye surgery.

Let Eye & Vision Care help you determine if laser eye surgery is an ideal vision correction option for you. We also specialize in orthokeratology, glaucoma eye care and more! Call us at (703) 783-1297 (Fairfax), (703) 957-3384 (South Riding) or Haymarket: (703) 659-4430. You can also fill out our contact form to request an appointment.