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How soon after laser eye surgery can I return to work?

Published on 8th March 2012

This is a question we get asked a lot. The most popular treatment is LASIK as it affords the patient the quickest visual recovery and the least amount of "down time".

We always recommend that you take the first 24 hours off your normal routine after your treatment as you need to rest your eyes for the first few hours immediately after your procedure and come back to see us the next day.

It is very reasonable to assume that normal activities or resuming work thereafter will be very probable. If you are having LASEK (which is a surface treatment) then your visual recovery will be longer.

As your consultation here at Visualase is performed by your treating doctor, you will have the opportunity to discuss your treatment and recovery rate with him directly.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.