Driving after eye surgery

Tips from Our Team

The Laser Center of Coral Gables, FL, is the proud home of a leading ophthalmologist team in the Coral Gables and greater Miami area. One of the things we pride ourselves on is ensuring our patients are as well-informed as possible throughout their care. That's why we take the time to answer all our patients' questions and help them prepare for their procedures and interventions. 


When I Can Start Driving After Eye Surgery?

One of the most common questions we get from our patients is: "When can I start driving after surgery?" As a general rule, we abide by the guidelines set by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. That is, you can drive after your surgery as soon as you meet the visual acuity criteria per Florida traffic regulations (with or without corrective eye-wear). For most people, this is about 24 hours after your surgery, after LASIK surgery. 

However, individual factors can influence how soon you can start safely driving again, including the type of surgery you have, your overall vision and eye health, and how comfortable you feel. This means that for some people, they'll need to wait a couple days or more until they can get back behind the wheel. 

In any case, you definitely won't be able to drive yourself home on the day of surgery, even if it's just a short outpatient procedure like LASIK . So, be sure you have arranged a ride, whether through family members, friends, or even services like Uber or Lyft. No public transportation please. 

Our eye doctor can offer you specific guidance on when it's safe for you to drive. Your feedback is important, and we want to make sure you feel comfortable in the driver's seat and have all your questions answered about your new vision!

Other Tips to Improve Recovery Time after Eye Surgery

In addition to coming in for any necessary post-operative follow-ups, our team also recommends certain strategies to ensure your eye surgery recovery goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Wear sunglasses when you leave the clinic after your surgery.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or bending in the first week after surgery. This helps you avoid putting too much pressure on your eyes.
  • Do not rub your eyes. 
  • Do not use a hot tub or go swimming in the first week after surgery, or as advised by our team.

Preparing for an Eye Surgery?

Contact our team to schedule a pre-operative consultation or get your second opinion. Our friendly team is standing by ready to field your questions and connect you with an experienced ophthalmologist. Call (305)-461-0003 today!




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