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Post-operative information will be issued by the surgeon to your referring practitioner or optometrist to enable them to be involved in appropriate post-operative care management as required.
 
A visit to your regular optometrist 4 – 6 weeks following the procedure is recommended, (unless otherwise advised), so that glasses may be prescribed.
 
​We strongly recommend that you have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours after the surgery. It is also recommended that at least 1-2 days is taken to recover from the surgery including:
 
  • NO driving for at least 24 hours
  • NO swimming for at least 3 days.
  • NO rubbing your eyes for 3-4 days.
 
You can return to normal activities when you feel comfortable to do so, including activities such as watching television, reading, writing and moderate exercise. You may experience a variety of symptoms in the early stages that are not serious and should resolve over a matter of days. These include:
 
  • Shimmering
  • Occasional floating spots
  • Blue or pink tinge to colours
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Occasional light flashes
  • Gritty sensation
  • Crescent shaped shadow in the side vision.

POST-OPERATIVE CONSULTATIONS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE DAY AFTER THE PROCEDURE AND ONE WEEK FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE.

It is also strongly recommended that you see your regular eyecare practitioner on a yearly basis following your surgery. This ensures you receive comprehensive eye care throughout your lifetime.
 
In the event you have other eye conditions being treated by other eye practitioners we encourage you to continue having regular review appointments with your treating eye care professional. Should you not have an existing eye care professional. AE&LC clinical staff would be happy to provide on going care for conditions within the sphere of the Centre's expertise or make recommendations for other specialist practitioners.