Can I travel after LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is a popular option for those with refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism who want to achieve clear vision without glasses or contact lenses. But for those considering LASIK who also love to travel, there may be concerns about how traveling could impact their recovery. In this blog post, we will discuss whether or not it is safe to travel after LASIK surgery.

Is It Safe to Travel After LASIK Surgery?

The short answer is yes, it is safe to travel after LASIK surgery. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when planning your trip. The first is that you should avoid air travel for at least a week after your surgery. The pressure changes that occur during air travel can affect the healing of your eyes and may cause discomfort. It is also important to avoid swimming or soaking in hot tubs for at least two weeks after your surgery, as the water can increase the risk of infection.

If you are traveling by car or train, it is still important to take frequent breaks to rest your eyes and avoid straining them. You should also make sure to pack any necessary medications or eye drops, as well as sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. If you are traveling to a foreign country, it may be a good idea to research local medical facilities in case you need emergency care.

When Can I Travel After LASIK Surgery?

The timing of your travel after LASIK surgery will depend on your individual recovery process. Most people are able to resume normal activities within a day or two of their surgery, but it is still important to avoid any strenuous activity for at least a week. Your surgeon will likely schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure that your eyes are healing properly.

It is generally safe to travel by car or train within a few days of your surgery, as long as you take breaks to rest your eyes and avoid any activities that could strain them. However, it is best to avoid air travel for at least a week to allow your eyes to fully heal. If you must travel by air, be sure to use lubricating eye drops frequently and follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.

In summary, it is safe to travel after LASIK surgery, but there are some precautions you should take to ensure a smooth recovery. Remember to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure that your eyes are healing properly. With proper care and precautions, you can enjoy clear vision and travel with confidence after your LASIK surgery.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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