How quickly should you expect to return to doing normal stuff after treatment?

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What would be the first thing you’d do after having Laser Eye Surgery?

Head down to the coast for a weekend break? Take a hike in the Cotswolds and enjoy the scenery in all its glory? Or maybe finally book that skydive or adventure sports holiday?

Yeah, they’re all nice ideas, but let’s get real. It’s more likely you’ll dive back into a work project, head down to your favourite bar for a few drinks with friends, or curl up on the sofa and finish the series you’re currently watching.

When they’re suddenly taken away, the everyday things become what we crave most. And when in recovery after surgery, temporarily confined to our homes and restricted from doing everything from exercising to eating solid foods, they become all we think about.

Having surgery on a part of your body like your stomach or legs is one thing, but having it on your eyes is a complete other ball game. We use our eyes for everything we do — from watching TV and using our phones to navigating the Tube and going for a jog. This means any amount of time without the full use of your vision can seriously impact your life.

Far from a standard surgical procedure

The good news is Laser Eye Surgery isn’t your typical surgery: it’s a minimally invasive procedure that takes not much longer than it does to read this article. And what’s more, unlike many other organs of the body, the eyes are adapted to withstand and recover from damage from external stimuli, and so possess an incredible capacity to heal.

Given these factors, patients can expect to return to their regular routine as soon as the next day, getting back to work, driving, using the tube, wearing make-up, and enjoying a nice glass of wine or a few beers.

Everything will quickly feel normal again — apart from that you’re now experiencing life in ultra HD. It’s important to note, however, that as your eyes are still in the healing phase, there are certain guidelines you need to follow.

For instance, during the first 24-48 hours when they’re in the acute stage of healing, it’s recommended to avoid any activities that could lead to irritation and strain. That includes dusty environments, using screens for prolonged periods, and sweaty gym sessions. In this time you’ll see your doctor at your 1-day post-op appointment to ensure your recovery is going according to plan, and you’ll have lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes from drying out.

Take a look at the extended recovery timeline to find out when you can get back to specific activities such as skiing, martial arts, and swimming. Or if you’d like to book a consultation with us, give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.