To Work After
Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, etc.
When you can return
to work after
refractive surgery will depend on the type of refractive surgery,
the amount of
error, what complications are present after surgery (if any), and
the type of work you do. Refractive surgery often is more a six-month
process than a 20-Minute Miracle Although many refractive surgery
patients are back to work the next day, others have great difficulty
for days and weeks.
It is reported that
provide clarity almost immediately after surgery while
Epi-Lasik may take a few days to weeks.
It is not unusual for the immediate
post-operative presence of complications such as ghosts, arcs,
and other potential problems that can significantly reduce clarity from
a short period of time to permanently. Usually these symptoms dissipate
with healing over a period of weeks or months, however additional treatment
may be necessary if such problems occur.
RLE are significantly more invasive surgeries than Lasik, Bladeless
Lasik, Intacs, PRK, LASEK or Epi-Lasik and have a very different
and longer recovery period.
Working at a computer seems
to be problematic for some people after refractive surgery. The distance
from the monitor and the nature of projected light seems to cause fatigue
and even headaches. People tend to not blink as often when working long
hours at a computer. Strenuous work or work that might cause injury
to your eye should be avoided until the eye has healed enough to withstand
the normal risk of trauma. It is very important that the eye is protected
from being hit, poked, or rubbed. If you are an athlete, don't expect
your doctor to okay you standing at bat with a baseball being thrown
near your head at 70 miles per hour. If you are a gardener you will
need to refrain from work or wear protective goggles for some time.
Everyone's individual situation needs to be evaluated based upon the
probability of contact with the eye. Because of possible fluctuation
in your vision immediately post-operative you should avoid long periods
that would require detailed use of your eyes.
Since every person is different
and every situation is unique, it will be necessary to discuss with
a competent doctor the probable recover period and when the patient
can return to work.
If you are ready to choose a
doctor to be evaluated for conventional or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless
Lasik, PRK, LASEK, Epi-Lasik, RLE, or any refractive surgery procedure,
we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and
certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Laser Eye Surgeon.