LASIK is an incredible, life-changing procedure, with a satisfaction rate that surpasses most other surgeries. People who receive LASIK are significantly less reliant on glasses and contact lenses, a freedom that allows them to pursue the life they’ve always wanted to live.
If you’ve just received LASIK, you might be wondering when you can start using your new vision to its full advantage. Although the procedure itself takes roughly 15 minutes, the recovery period can last a little longer. You’ll need to be careful participating in certain activities – for instance, sports – until your eyes are fully healed.
Below, we’ve outlined some guidelines you should follow before working out after LASIK.
How long before I can exercise again?
During LASIK surgery, your doctor will use an advanced laser to reshape your cornea. Your eyes will be very sensitive after this, and should be treated as gently as possible. Intense exercise – or even mild exercise – can interrupt the healing process if you’re not careful.
Physicians typically subdivide post-LASIK exercise guidelines into two categories: general exercise and swimming.
General exercise after LASIK
- You can resume general exercise within a few days. Every person is unique, however, so make sure to check with your doctor first!
- Keep the sweat out of your eyes. If you often sweat while exercising, we recommend purchasing a sweatband to wear on your forehead.
- If you sweat does get into your eyes, do not rub them. Rubbing your eyes can interrupt the healing process and may lead to complications.
- Take things slowly until you know how your eyes will react to your usual workout.
- If you feel any discomfort in your eyes or experience blurry vision, stop immediately and contact your doctor.
- Consider using protective eyewear to keep dirt, debris and elbows from connecting with your eyes.
Swimming after LASIK
- Most doctors recommend waiting at least two weeks before swimming after LASIK. Like before, make sure to check with your doctor first, since everyone’s eyes are different!
- Water exposure interrupts healing and may increase the risk of post-LASIK complications.
- Swimming pools, hot tubs, oceans, and lakes should all be avoided.
Keep in mind that these are only guidelines. Before you resume your workout routine, you must speak with your doctor to determine the best course of action keep your vision safe during exercise.
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