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If you’ve decided to have eye surgery, you may be trying to decide when to have surgery to achieve optimal results. The recovery period is fairly short for most types of eye surgeries, which means you can have surgery at any time of year. However, you should consider your schedule and responsibilities to determine the best time to have eye surgery.

Take the following factors into consideration when making your decision to have eye surgery:

WORK RESPONSIBILITIES

Most people can return to work quickly after having a common eye surgery such as PRK, LASIK, or lens replacement surgery, but you may need to take extra time off for recovery. Consider the workflow in your office and choose a time that is less busy so you don’t feel rushed or pressured to hurry back to work before you’re ready.

For example, if you’re a tax accountant, it may not make sense to schedule your surgery for March while you prepare your clients for the April 15 deadline. Or, if you work at a retail store, you may not want to schedule eye surgery for the week of Thanksgiving, since Black Friday is usually a busy time for shoppers.

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

Consider the types of activities you have going on at home so you don’t have to juggle your family’s schedule too much. If your kids will be absent the week of spring break, you may want to schedule eye surgery for this time so you can recover without having to worry about taking care of your children at the same time.

HELP FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Consider the help that will be available from family and close friends. Most individuals don’t need too much assistance following PRK or LASIK eye surgery, but you may need help from someone available to drive you to and from your appointment. You won’t be able to drive yourself home from eye surgery, so you may need to coordinate your schedule with a friend or family member who is available to help.

TALKING WITH AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Before you make an appointment for your eye surgery, you will also need to talk with an ophthalmologist to determine if there are any other factors that may influence your decision. For example, if your eyesight hasn’t become stable and your vision is still changing, your eye doctor may suggest that you wait a little while before having surgery.

Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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