Laser surgery for glaucoma does not generally require a significant recovery period, according to The Glaucoma Foundation. Patients who undergo laser surgery can expect to return to their normal activities immediately, although they often need to use a topical anti-inflammatory eye drop for up to a week.
Conventional glaucoma surgery, called filtering microsurgery, is more invasive and therefore requires more care during recovery, says the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Patients undergoing conventional surgery, in which a small incision allows fluid in the eye to drain, should avoid driving, reading, bending or doing heavy lifting for a week after surgery, although other normal activities are possible. Patients must also take care to keep water out of the eye.