Nothing beats the heat like a nice dip in the pool or the exhilarating rush of surfing a good wave. And because we are located in the sunny state of Florida, many of our patients inquire about returning to swimming or surfing following LASIK. Once your eyes have fully healed from your LASIK procedure, you can enjoy swimming with clear vision, without the worry of fumbling with eyeglasses or losing a contact lens.
While you will need to avoid water for a short period following LASIK surgery, you will be able to return to your favorite activities soon! Your eyes will be more vulnerable to irritation and infection in the weeks directly following your surgery, which is when you should be extra cautious. The following timeline is a general guide on how quickly you can return to the water:
After 1 week: You can feel free to swim in chlorinated swimming pools. However, it is important that you be extra careful to not let any water enter your eyes. We advise wearing goggles to be safe.
After 2 weeks: You can swim in natural bodies of water such as the ocean, as well as sit in hot tubs. You may also return to low-impact water activities like snorkeling or kayaking.
After 3 weeks: Three weeks after your surgery you can return to all water sports, including surfing. However, it is important that you wear protective gear on your eyes.
After 4 weeks: At this point, you can return to swimming and water sports without goggles or protective eyewear. You no longer have to be extra cautious about water getting into your eyes, and can even open your eyes underwater if you wish!
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Swimming and sunshine often go hand-in-hand in Florida, which is why it is important for our LASIK patients to understand the importance of sun protection as well. After your surgery, you must take extra care to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. We advise patients to wear sunglasses with UV protection whenever they are outdoors for at least 6 weeks after LASIK. This rule applies to everything from taking a stroll down the street to spending the day at the beach.
If you are interested in learning more about how LASIK can benefit you or have questions regarding life after LASIK, contact Advanced Eye Surgeons in Boca Raton & Tamarac, FL today. We will be happy to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Gupta, which is your first step toward treatment.
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Cataract Surgeon, Opthalmologist, Cornea & External Diseases Specialist
Dr. Archana Gupta is a board certified ophthalmologist. She specializes in cataract, cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery.
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