How Long After LASIK Can I Drive?

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Before getting LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to make sure you have a plan for your recovery. LASIK has helped millions of people achieve clear vision and free them of their need for glasses and contacts. However, after your surgery, your vision will be blurry immediately after surgery, and your eyes may tear a lot during the first few hours.  Additionally, most LASIK patients will take a sedative during their visit on surgery day.  For these reasons, it is usually a requirement to have someone with you to drive you home on surgery day. Luckily, most LASIK patients experience a quick recovery and can get back to living life with improved vision in no time. Learn more about the recovery process and how long after LASIK you can drive.

Leaving Your LASIK Procedure

Once your eye surgeon has completed your LASIK procedure, they’ll evaluate your eyes. If everything looks fine, your surgeon will clear you to go. Since your eyes are fresh out of surgery, they’ll need time to heal and adjust. You may experience light sensitivity and blurriness in your vision, both common immediately after LASIK. Since your eyes will not be fully recovered yet, you are required to have someone else drive you home.

Resting the Day of Your Procedure

One of the benefits of LASIK eye surgery is how quick the recovery process is. Most people begin to notice the effects on their vision after a good nap. As your vision starts to clear, you’ll be able to enjoy other activities such as taking a walk, doing light housework, and watching TV. However, you should avoid too much screen time. No matter what you decide to do, it’s important not to strain your eyes. Giving your eyes the proper amount of rest will help ensure you get your best results. 

How Long After LASIK Can I Drive?

The day after your LASIK eye surgery, you’ll meet with your doctor for an evaluation. Most doctors will tell you that you can drive yourself to your appointment the day after LASIK surgery as long as you feel comfortable with your vision.  At CCL, most of our patients drive themselves to their one-day post-op. Are you ready to start driving without the hassle of remembering corrective lenses? All you need to do is schedule a consultation to discuss your vision goals with the doctors at ClearChoice LASIK.

How Long After LASIK Can I Drive At Night? 

Some people may experience side effects, such as glare or halos when driving at night. It is generally recommended to wait until your vision stabilizes from the side effects before driving at night after LASIK surgery. These side effects can vary depending on individual healing rates, but most patients are able to drive at night within a week or two after LASIK surgery. It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s advice and attend all post-operative appointments to ensure your eyes have fully recovered and it is safe for you to drive at night.

Discuss Your LASIK Options With Us

If driving after your LASIK surgery isn’t the only question you have, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. During your no-obligation consultation, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about the LASIK process. Our LASIK eye surgeons are recognized as some of the best in Ohio. Let our staff help you determine whether LASIK is the right choice for you.

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How do we determine who a candidate for LASIK is? With a simple evaluation, we’ll perform tests and measure what level of correction you need. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. Luckily, at ClearChoice LASIK, we pride ourselves on offering our patients alternative options that deliver the same results. You can also take our LASIK Self-Test at your convenience to help determine your candidacy. Schedule your free consultation today and enjoy the benefits of a life unburdened by glasses and contacts.


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