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Laser Eye Surgery - Aftercare

Published on 6th July 2016 by Dr Stephen Doyle

Everything you and your loved ones need to know following laser eye surgery.

As with any surgery it is important to know what you should and shouldn’t do following a laser eye surgery procedure, whether it is you that has had the surgery or your loved one.

Aftercare advice following laser eye surgery


So here are some key things to remember:

  • You won’t be able to drive immediately after the surgery, so remember to arrange for someone to accompany you who can make sure you get home safely afterwards.
  • Do make sure you take your prescribed eye drops as instructed.
  • Take care not to rub your eyes in the first few days following your treatment, and wear your protective eye shields when sleeping. 
  • Don’t wear any make-up on or around the eye area including mascara, eye liner or eye-shadow for one week.
  • We would recommend wearing sunglasses following treatment as your eyes will be sensitive to light.
  • It is important to attend all your scheduled follow up appointments.
  • Avoid playing any sport for at least a week, 2-4 weeks for swimming and 4 weeks for contact sports.
  • If you work on a building site, or within a dusty environment, it is advisable to wear safety glasses for at least a month.

But if you are in any doubt, please do give us a call at the clinic on 01204 387467.

If you have any questions about laser eye surgery take a look at our frequently asked questions page here.


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.