Driving after LASIK surgery: Making the road ahead safer
If you’re considering laser eye surgery, you may be wondering if it’s safe to drive after having the procedure. The good news is that most people are able to get back behind the wheel shortly after LASIK surgery. But there are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to driving safely and protecting your eyesight.
Here’s a quick guide to driving after LASIK surgery.
How long should I wait before driving?
The amount of time you should wait before getting behind the wheel depends on several factors, including how well your vision is healing and what type of LASIK procedure you have had. Generally speaking, most people can go back to their normal activities within 24 hours of having the procedure. But it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and wait until they tell you it’s safe to drive.
What can I do to ensure safe driving?
Although laser eye surgery is generally safe, there are some steps that you can take to ensure a safe and successful recovery period on the road ahead:
First, make sure that your vision has been tested by an optometrist so that any potential issues can be identified and addressed.
It is also important to wear sunglasses while driving since bright sunlight can cause glare, which can make driving more difficult for those who have had LASIK surgery. Wear sunglasses for at least the first week after your procedure.
And finally, take extra care when driving at night, since low light levels can also cause problems with vision clarity after surgery.
Laser eye surgery is one of the safest procedures available today, and most people find that they’re able to return to their normal activities shortly after having it done—including getting back behind the wheel! Of course, it’s still important to follow all safety precautions when driving after LASIK surgery in order to protect yourself and others on the road.
By following these tips and taking your recovery seriously, you’ll be able to enjoy improved vision without compromising safety on the roads ahead!
If you’d like to find out more about LASIK treatment with us, you can book a virtual assessment here.
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