Frequently Asked Lasik Questions

1. How long does the surgery take?

Lasik is performed as an in-office procedure in our laser center.  Although the treatment takes approximately 10 minutes per eye, you should expect to be at the laser center about 2 to 3 hours for the total process.

2. Should I expect any pain after my Lasik procedure?

The procedure itself is relatively painless.  It is common, however, to have a foreign-body sensation or burning with tearing for 4 to 6 hours following the treatment.

3. How soon can I return to work after Lasik?

Often the next day, although it may be difficult to perform prolonged reading or computer tasks right away.

4. How soon after the laser procedure can I bathe or take a shower?

Typically, you can shower or bathe the following day, but you should avoid getting shampoo, soap, or water directly into your eyes.

5. When can I drive?

You should not drive the day of treatment.  Most patients are ready to drive the following day, although night driving can be challenging on the first or second nights.  You should resume driving when you feel that your vision and eye comfort allow you to drive safely.

6. When can I wear eye makeup?

Please do not wear mascara, eye shadow or eyeliner for 3 days prior to treatment. On the day of treatment, please refrain from wearing any makeup, after shave and lotion or moisturizer. You can start wearing eye makeup approximately 1 week after the procedure.  Purchasing new makeup, especially mascara, is strongly recommended.

7. How long before I can exercise?

Strenuous exercise should be avoided for approximately 1 week. Sweat in the eye should be avoided for at least 4 days due to bacteria on the skin. Otherwise, non-contact sports can be resumed as soon as you feel comfortable.  If you are involved in any kind of contact sports, remember to wear sports goggles for protection.

8. How soon can I swim, sauna, or hot tub?

Swimming, saunas, and hot tubs should be avoided for 2 weeks, minimum.

9. When can I travel on an airplane?

We do not recommend air travel the first week after surgery unless it is an emergency, and we advise you to stay locally for approximately 1 week after your surgery in case of an emergency.  If you need to travel by plane, you should frequently use artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated. (1 drop for every hour on the plane before and after landing and take off)