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    Frequently asked questions

    Here are our top 5 frequently asked questions about laser eye surgery.

    When can I go back to work/drive?

    • It is important recognise that the healing process can vary from person to person and from eye to eye. Therefore, below table only give a guidance of expected average recovery time and time off work.
    • Returning to work depends on your occupation. Our consultant surgeon will be able to give you more personalised advice during the consultation as required
    • You will be advised when it is safe for you to drive but as a general rule, it is safe to drive one day after LASIK and 3-5 days after PRK as long as you can see the number plate from 20.5 meter and your level of vision is 6/12 or better.
    LASIK PRK/TransPRKLens surgery Lens surgery
    Expected visual recovery 1 day 3-5 days 1 day
    Recommended time off work 1 day 3-5 days 1 day

    Does it hurt?

    You should not feel any pain during the procedure as your eye will be numbed with an eye drop. Most people report feeling some pressure on the eye which can be a strange sensation. This will last only for a few seconds.

    What is the age limit for surgery?

    You must be at least 18 years old before surgery. There is no real upper limit for laser eye surgery as long as your eyes are healthy. However, older people (especially over 60 years old) can get naturally occurring cataract and therefore may be more suitable for refractive lens exchange.

    How long does laser eye surgery take?

    The actual laser will be active only for a few seconds. The full procedure will be finished within minutes.

    Can I do sport after my surgery?

    • Avoid any rigorous activity for about one month
    • Below table gives some recommendations on resuming different activities but your consultant surgeon may give you personalised advice depending on your individual circumstances
    Activities LASIK PRK/TransPRK Lens surgery
    Jogging, aerobic excursive, Yoga and pilates 1 week 1 week 1 month
    Weight lifting 2 weeks 2 weeks 1 month
    Swimming, sauna, steam room and football 1 month 1 month 1 month
    Skiing, snowboarding, tennis, squash and cricket 6 weeks 6 weeks 6 weeks
    Rugby and Martial Arts 3 months 6 weeks 6 weeks
    Deep scuba diving 3 months 3 months 3 months