How Does Lasik Impact Your Ability to Drive?

Immediately after Lasik, you will need a driver to take you home for some quality time with your bed, but what about driving after Lasik surgery? When can you drive? Most people will see much clearer within minutes to hours. Driving may be ok as soon as the following day, but then what happens?

What can you expect when driving after Lasik surgery

When you get back to driving after Lasik, you will find that you have periods of dryness, sensitivity to light, and itchiness at times for the first few days or weeks following your treatment. Some people experience problems that cause glares, halos, or bright auras. These problems are worse on bright days and at night. It can take up to six months for your prescription to normalize after Lasik.

Driving after Lasik means changing your license

Checking the requirements at your local Department of Motor Vehicles is a good idea before having Lasik eye surgery. When you are restricted by law to wear your glasses, and you are caught driving without them, you can be fined. To avoid tickets, we recommend carrying your proof of vision correction for driving after Lasik surgery. Your surgeon can help you know when the best time to update your license when you go in for your aftercare checks.

Depending on how fast you heal, driving after Lasik is usually pretty quick. Many people enjoy not having glasses that fog up and contacts that hurt when they get too dry. Check out the regulations and be sure to understand state-specific guidelines for changing your license after your surgery. Updating your license as soon as you are fully healed will help you be fully compliant and avoid tickets and court summons for driving without glasses.