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When Is the Right Time for LASIK?

One of the most common questions asked about LASIK surgery is not if a patient should consider the surgery, but when. We find that many patients are concerned about planning when they should schedule their surgery, such as before or after an upcoming vacation or special occasion, like a wedding, or if summer is better than winter, and so on. They may also wonder if they should wait until they are older, or if they are at the ideal age for LASIK. Here’s what you should consider when planning the right time for your LASIK surgery.

  • Consider the post-operative requirements. If you would like to plan your LASIK surgery before you get married or go on vacation, the most important thing to keep in mind is your recovery restrictions. For example, following LASIK, it is not advised to swim in pools, lakes or the ocean for one week. So, if planning a tropical vacation, it would not be wise to plan it immediately following your LASIK surgery.
  • Remember that LASIK eye surgery recovery is unaffected by the weather. There is no ideal time of year, month or season to have LASIK surgery. Instead of planning for the season, instead plan the best time for you. The recovery for LASIK is, in the majority of cases, very quick. You can be back to your usual routine after as little as a week, provided you wear appropriate protective eye wear.
  • You should not have LASIK surgery when your eyes are still changing. When you are in your late teens or early twenties, your prescription is likely not yet completely stable. LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland prefers to see a stable prescription before considering anyone a candidate for LASIK.

In general, our response to the question, “When should I have LASIK?” is usually, “When you feel ready.” As long as you are a candidate for LASIK—and have a stable prescription—there is no time better than the present. To learn more, contact the team at LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland.