Whether you’re about to turn to our Manhattan, NY, ophthalmologists Dr. Christopher Coad and Dr. Jay Yoon for Lasik, or you’re still toying with the idea, you may be worried about whether you’ll need to take time off from work (and how much time). Fortunately, the answer may surprise you.
How Much Time Do I Need To Take Off?
Nothing is more important than your eyesight, and if taking the time you need to correct your vision could improve your work performance, Lasik will significantly benefit you and your employer. As our Manhattan, NY, team will tell you, you should take as much time as you need after your procedure. Most employers are very understanding when patients undergo eye surgery.
How much time you take is truly up to you. If you think you want to take two or three days to rest your eyes, we support it; however, many of our patients return to work the next day after a quick 10-15-minute post-op appointment with our team to make sure their eyes are healing correctly. We recommend that you don’t schedule any appointments or meetings the following day after your Lasik surgery.
What Is the Lasik Recovery Process Like?
Most individuals request morning appointments with us so that they have the rest of the day to recoup. However, we will always accommodate your schedule to ensure that your appointment works best for you. Once you’ve undergone Lasik, you will be instructed to immediately go home and rest your eyes for several hours (about three to four hours). You do not want to watch TV, read or book, or do anything that can strain your eyes. This extended nap is essential for helping your eyes to heal.
What Should I Avoid During the Recovery Process?
While you’ll notice your vision improving quickly, it will take weeks to months for your eyes to heal fully. You’ll want to take extra strides to protect your eyes from debris or infection. We recommend avoiding hot tubs, swimming pools, or even jacuzzi tubs to prevent bacterial eye infections. Wear glasses or appropriate eyewear on windy days or if working anywhere where particles, dirt, or debris could get into your eyes.
If you are interested in getting Lasik, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with our Manhattan, NY, ophthalmologists Dr. Coad and Dr. Jay first. To book your Lasik consult, call Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology at (212) 220-0066.