Can You Work the Day After Lasik?

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.

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  • "Cannot recommend Dr Coad & his lasik coordinator Nicole enough. They are wonderfully supportive and gentle that even if you are nervous it will be difficult to stay that way around this supportive duo! Without a doubt recommend going to see them, they are worth the additional care and cost for a full-service experience that are there just to help you & give you the best vision possible. Thank you Dr Coad & Nicole."
    Yasmin L.
  • "Dr. Coad and his staff made the experience of having a cataract removed the best it could possibly be, from evaluation to discussing options to being reassuring when the surgery began, to follow-up. The evaluation process was efficient, yet at no time did I feel as if it was anything but personal. His staff at all times were both professional and welcoming. Vace, the surgical coordinator, did everything to make sure the surgical process went smoothly.
    As to Dr. Coad himself, I can't say enough. His skill is absolutely top-notch, but it was the concern that he took in making sure that I understood all of my options, and his reassuring manner before, during and after the surgery which makes it easy to recommend him to the fullest to anyone who needs ophthalmic care."
    Ed W.
  • "Had a five star experience at Chelsea Eye! I went to Dr Yoon for an eye exam and she was extremely friendly, helpful and down to earth! I have met all the staff and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Hugo in particular was wonderful to work with during the exam. It was a breathe of fresh air coming to this practice and I highly recommend going here for an Optometry appointment or Opthalmology appointment with Dr Coad."
    Devon T.
  • "Can I please take a moment and talk about how awesome Dr. Jay Yoon is?!

    I would be friends with this woman! I went in freaked out about a blood vessel on my eye and in total hypochondriac mode (is it a stroke? Is this connected to my brain? Is it gonna spread?). She laughed and calmly said "looks like you've always had this and it's fine and here are some drops cause your eyes are dry and here's my great primary doctor who I recommend since you don't have one."

    She was very funny and relatable and cool - she didn't try to rush me away and she was honest about everything too and so helpful.

    I've already started recommending her and now I'll do it on here: book an appt and be treated so warmly."
    Bonnie G.
  • "Dr Coad and Nicole were both absolutely wonderful. After my brother had LASIK surgery, I decided to go ahead and do the same.

    Both Nicole and Dr. Coad are very proficient in their work. They answered any and all questions that I had, and calmed every nervous feeling that arose from the start, up until the surgery.

    Going through the surgery I was EXTREMELY nervous and Dr. Coad walked me through the entire procedure (before and during) and made my whole LASIK experience a breeze.

    I can not recommend them enough. If you are interested in LASIK Dr. Coad is the only doctor I would trust."
    Christina V.
  • "This team is the absolute best. Christine is a gift from the gods and makes you feel comfortable supported and amazing. She really got me through my anxieties about my recent lasik surgery - which went great! Dr Coad is the best. A fantastic team, a simple process - I highly recommend this team - if you've ever considered lasik (like I have for the last 20 years) make an appt with this great group. You'll be happy you did."
    Mark P.
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