What is the recovery time for laser eye surgery?

The recovery time depends on which type of laser eye surgery you have

The recovery time following laser eye surgery varies depending on which type of laser eye surgery you have. With the first generation of laser eye surgery which was PRK or LASEK, the recovery typically is one week and we advise patients not to drive for one week. Some patients after LASEK can take longer to reach the driving standard but in general, the vision is entirely stable and has reached its pre-operative levels with glasses by one month after surgery.

The visual recovery after LASIK and SMILE is far more rapid and these are the second and third generations of laser eye surgery.

Typically by the following morning after surgery, the patients can see 20/20 or close to it

Typically by the following morning after surgery, i.e. the first day after surgery the patients can see 20/20 or close to it, and far exceed the legal standards for driving so usually we clear people to go back to driving and back to work the day following surgery.

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