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Getting Back To Your Regular Life After LASIK

Monday, March 22 2021 7:27 PM
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Rediscover the little joys of life with your new vision

We love hearing from our patients about how much LASIK has changed their lives. 

Whether it’s trying a new activity or sport for the first time or rediscovering the simple pleasure of a walk or watching a sunset, we’ve helped thousands discover the freedom of better vision through LASIK.

Yet it’s common to be unsure of how fast you can resume your normal activities once you’ve had surgery. Well, let's put some of those fears to rest...

How soon can I do physical activities that aren’t exercise, but are just fun?

Physical activities can be a lot more enjoyable without relying on glasses or contacts to see correctly. However, you don’t want to jump back in too soon. 

Typically, you can get back to these activities within a few days after your surgery. But rather than guess if you’re okay, it’s important to follow the instructions your doctor gives you and wait the appropriate amount of time before resuming certain activities

Just remember that your eyes go through a healing process after the procedure. Like any other recovery, it’s important to go slow. Listen to your body and instincts (but weigh those feelings against your doctor’s advice) and you’ll be back soon enough. 

When can I drive after LASIK?

While recovery times can vary, most patients are able to drive 24 hours after getting LASIK.

When you come back for your first follow-up visit the day after the procedure, your doctor will check your vision and clear you to drive (definitely DON’T count on driving yourself home the day of your procedure.)

It’s always recommended to wear sunglasses when driving—or doing anything in direct sunlight—after LASIK, so it might be a good idea to stash a few pairs around your house and in your vehicles before having LASIK.

If you have a corrective lenses restriction on your driver’s license, you’ll need to have a form completed and signed by your doctor to send to the Medical/Visual Unit of the Kansas Department of Revenue to get the restriction removed. (You can find a copy of that form here.)

When can I lift weights or exercise after LASIK?

While light exercise like walking or using an elliptical machine can usually be resumed within a few days after the procedure, it’s generally recommended to wait a little longer before going back to strenuous exercise.

For most patients, it’s a good idea to wait about a week after getting LASIK before doing any high intensity workouts.

Your doctor might recommend starting out with weight machines or lighter weights before going back to lifting heavier free weights to avoid accidentally straining your eyes.

You’ll also want to wait about a week before resuming higher-intensity cardio.

If you swim, you’ll need to protect your eyes from treated or possibly contaminated water—yes, like in a swimming pool!—by wearing goggles.

Keep sweat out of your eyes — and avoid rubbing them! — by wearing a sweatband when doing things like running or yoga.

Patients usually go back to playing contact sports a week after the procedure, but be sure to wear sports goggles for the first month after LASIK to protect your eyes from accidentally getting hit or poked.

Don’t worry about cleaning up after your workout. It’s typically safe to take a shower starting the day after the procedure—just make sure to keep soap and shampoo away from your eyes.

Should You Jump Right Back In?

If you’re not sure how long you need to wait after the procedure before resuming or trying a specific activity, just ask your doctor.

If you want to learn more about what’s possible after LASIK, or to find out if you’re a good candidate, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

Shalee Lehning
"Playing sports is hard enough without worrying about your contacts. The inconvenience of losing contacts during practice and competition was frustrating for me. The decision to have the surgery was the best decision I have made!"
Shalee Lehning, K-State Women's Assistant Coach / Former WNBA and K-State Player - Manhattan, KS

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