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Swimming after LASIK: What You Should Know

By David Gross on July 11, 2018


Smiling man and woman snorkeling in the oceanSummertime is here! The hottest season of the year would not be complete without cooling off in the pool from time to time. If you have recently undergone corrective eye surgery, or if you are considering this treatment, you may be wondering if you will be able to go swimming after LASIK.

Here, our team at Deen Gross Eye Centers in Merrillville, IN discusses the LASIK recovery process in a bit more detail and provides instructions for having fun in the sun while keeping your eyes protected.

LASIK Makes Swimming Easier and More Convenient

Once you recover from your LASIK procedure, swimming will be much more fun and convenient. You won’t have to wear glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

Since the warmer months are upon us, we know you can’t wait to take that first leap into the water. However, because your eyes will be more vulnerable to irritants following your LASIK surgery, you will need to wait a bit before taking the plunge.

How Long before I Can Go Swimming?

Exactly how long do you need to wait before swimming? Your doctor will let you know for sure. However, here are some general guidelines:

  • One week post-op: At this point, the corneal incision is still healing exposing your eyes to water can increase the risk of infection.
  • Two to three weeks post-op: Although the corneal incision has likely closed over at this point, we recommend that you continue to avoid submerging in pools, hot tubs, lakes, the ocean, or any other body of water during this time to further decrease the risk of infection.
  • One month post-op: Once you have reached a full month of healing, you can swim. You may wish to wear goggles or a mask. It is important to note that we don’t recommend opening your eyes underwater, as it can lead to eye irritation.

Remember Sun Protection

While protective eyewear is essential when participating in outdoor activities, it is also important to protect your eyes from the sun. While outside, always wear sunglasses with 100 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

In addition, a wide-brimmed hat should be worn as well to protect the eyelids from irritation and sunburn.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water can help your eyes stay moist and comfortable. This is even more important after LASIK surgery. Staying hydrated helps support natural tear function, protecting your eyes from irritation.

Use Eye Drops

Following your LASIK procedure, you will be provided with eye drops. These will contain a specific set of ingredients to prevent dry eye symptoms and protect them from infection and injury. Be sure to use these every day, exactly as directed.

Contact Us for More Information

If you are about to have LASIK surgery, you may have to wait a few weeks before taking a dip in the pool. But soon, you will be splashing in the sun, free of cumbersome eyewear. To learn more about LASIK or recovery following the procedure, contact us online or call us at (219) 769-8989.

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