Frequently Asked Question About Lasik

Life after surgery

Q How long will I be out of work after undergoing LASIK?
A It depends on your occupation. Certain jobs that require intense clarity of vision (for example, dentistry and surgery) may be difficult to perform for one or 2 days. Most patients can return to work the next day, assuming their vision is adequate for their job. However, some people may feel fatigued for a day or so following surgery.

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Q Can I drive immediately after undergoing LASIK?
A Patients may experience some discomfort and/or blurred vision for a few hours after surgery. Some patients receive a sedative prior to surgery. Therefore, you cannot drive home after the procedure, and you should plan not to drive for at least 24 hours.

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Q Can I play sports after undergoing LASIK?
A You can resume most normal activities immediately after surgery. However, for at least one week you will need to avoid activities that would cause perspiration to run into your eyes. You should wear safety glasses while playing contact sports, regardless of surgery. However, if you do not routinely wear safety glasses, your surgeon may recommend wearing them for at least one month after LASIK. You will also need to avoid activities such as contact sports and swimming for one month. It is important to talk to your doctor about limitations on activities after LASIK.

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Q Will I need to wear glasses or bifocals once my eyes have healed?
A Most patients who undergo LASIK do not need to wear glasses. However, patients above 40 years old may need to wear reading glasses. This is caused by the normal aging of the eye known as presbyopia. However, patients can choose their focus distance. Some patients may need minimal prescription for some activities. Patients using bifocals may need the reading glasses after LASIK.

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Q Will my eyes be dry after LASIK?
A Some patients seeking LASIK treatment have an underlying dry eye syndrome that remains undiagnosed. There appears to be a correlation between preoperative dry eye syndrome and developing more pronounced dry eye symptoms postoperatively. Therefore, many doctors conduct tests for diagnosing dry eye syndrome prior to making their decision regarding eligibility of candidates.

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Q After LASIK, what will my vision be like at night or in low light?
A Most patients do not notice a change; however, some patients may notice a glare, halo, or starburst around objects in dim or low - light conditions. For the vast majority, these symptoms are temporary. However, others may continue to experience them for several months or longer. Although these symptoms do not necessarily interfere with visual acuity, as it is measured by an eye chart, for some patients, the experience can interfere with their activities.

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