Post Operative Care Following Lasik Surgery
- SHOWERING: Take care not to get soap or shampoo in your eye for 1 week.
- COSMETICS: Please do not use any eye make-up for 1 week.
- SWIMMING: We advise against swimming for 2 weeks because of the risk of infection.
- EXERCISE: You may do low impact exercise but vigorous exercise should be avoided for 2 weeks.
- SPORTS: We suggest you avoid contact sports such as martial arts, football, netball and rugby for up to 3 months following surgery because of the risk of flap dislodgment. Participation in sailing, tennis, cricket, athletics, hockey, water or snow skiing is permissible after 2 weeks provided care is taken to protect the eye(s) from trauma (such as wearing protective goggles).
- WORK: Most patients return to work on the 2nd or 3rd day after surgery. Focusing on close work and computer screens may be difficult to start with.
- AIR TRAVEL: There is no restriction on air travel straight after the procedure.
- POLICE RECRUITS: 3 month stand down post-Lasik. Separate independent assessment required.
- PILOTS: Commercial and private licence holders - please contact CAA for further details.
- DEFENCE CAREER: Contact NZDF.
- DRIVING: Most patients can drive after 1 to 3 days, but this depends on whether you feel confident and safe.
- READING: You will do no harm to your eyes by reading, but you may have difficulty focusing on print during the first week.
Visual Standards: If your driver's license states that you need corrective lenses you will need to update your license details. The surgeon will complete a Land Transport form at your post-operative visit.