There’s a lot to think about when you’re considering LASIK – and even more when you’re a parent. How will it affect your children, and your ability to take care of them? Especially if your children are young, you’ll want to plan your surgery so that there’s minimal disruption, and talk to your kids so that they’re not upset. We want to get you and your family back into the swing of things as soon as possible.

The most important thing you can do is talk with your surgeon and make sure you get all your questions answered. Parents who are thinking about LASIK often have different questions than people without children. Here are the questions I hear most often from parents, and here’s how I answer them:

  • When will I be able to return to taking care of my kids? You’ll find the operation barely interferes with your normal routine, although you will need to make sure there’s someone else who can be responsible for your kids the day of the surgery. This allows the other person to act as taxi driver and sitter so you can focus on resting once you get home. You should be able to resume your normal routine, with just a few limitations, the next day.
  • When can I go swimming with my kids? One of the only major restrictions after LASIK surgery is swimming due to the organisms that can live in water. We recommend that swimming – in pools, rivers or oceans – should be avoided for one week after surgery.

We’ve helped thousands of parents and their kids get through LASIK – and enjoy the freedom that comes afterward when parents get to enjoy their children and not worry about glasses or contacts. We’ll be glad to talk with you, answer your questions and help you think about how LASIK can fit into your life – and your family’s.