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When can I drive after laser eye surgery?

Published on 13th April 2012

The vast majority of patients are at driving standard or better when we examine them at their day one post op appointment.

This is certainly the case for patients undergoing LASIK, however with LASEK, it may be three - four days before you can drive.

We will always advise you at your post operative appointment if you are achieving the driving standard recommendation and are therefore safe and legal to drive.


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.