Resuming Normal Daily Activities
If you've forgotten your surgeon's recommendations regarding when you can resume normal activities after LASIK, here are some general guidelines:
• Don't drive until your surgeon checks your vision and confirms it's safe for you to do so. Usually your visual acuity will be checked the day after surgery. Once it's confirmed that your eyesight is legal for driving without glasses or contacts, visit your local driver's licensing office so you can have the "Needs prescription eyewear" restriction removed from your driver's license.
• Take a mini-vacation from work. Your vision may be sufficient to return to work the day after LASIK surgery, but it's likely your eyes will be sensitive to light and tire easily for at least a couple of days. Give yourself a brief break from work if possible.
• Usually you can return to non-contact sports (golf, jogging, etc.), three or four days after surgery. Try to keep sweat out of your eyes for at least a week.
• Keep water out of your eyes for at least two weeks. Be careful when showering, or consider taking baths instead of showers for two weeks.
• Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, ocean water, etc., for two to three weeks.
Please watch this video, "Vision You've Always Wanted."
• Avoid contact sports for at least a month after LASIK surgery. For sports with a high risk of eye injury (e.g., basketball and racquetball) wear protective sports goggles.
Also, when returning to your normal routine, be aware that if you wore glasses previously, your eyes are more exposed and therefore more susceptible to injury after LASIK surgery.
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