Is It Safe to Go Swimming After Lasik Eye Surgery?

One of the best perks of Lasik eye surgery is that you’ll no longer feel half-blind when you go swimming. Instead of fumbling around without glasses or trying to keep water from splashing all over your lenses, you can just have fun at the pool.

Although swimming after Lasik is a momentous occasion, there are some guidelines you must follow before jumping in.

Swimming After Surgery
After laser eye surgery, your eyes need a chance to recover. During the weeks following a procedure, your eyes are more vulnerable to irritation and infection than they normally are. Chlorinated water can bother your sensitive eyes during the recovery period. Untreated water, such as the water in lakes, may contain infection-causing bacteria. Therefore, your Raleigh Lasik surgeon will recommend that you wait a bit before swimming after Lasik.

Must-know Time Frames
Yes, there’s a bit of a waiting period before you can return to the water, but it will fly by in no time. You can resume some water activities after just one week of your Lasik eye surgery, and within a month, all water restrictions will have been lifted.

  • After One Week: You can go swimming a chlorinated pool. Be sure to wear goggles. To be extra cautious, you may prefer to wait two weeks before visiting the pool.
  • After Two Weeks: You can sit in a hot tub and swim in natural bodies of water, such as lakes and oceans. Low-impact water activities, such as kayaking and snorkeling, are acceptable at this point.
  • After Three Weeks: You can return to all water sports, even the high-impact ones, but you must wear protective gear on your eyes.
  • After One Month: You can swim without goggles. If you’d like, you can open your eyes underwater.

Sun Protection While Swimming
Water isn’t the only thing that you need to watch out for when swimming after eye surgery. You must also take care to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun. For a minimum of six weeks after your procedure, be sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection anytime that you are outdoors, including when you’re at the pool or beach.

Are you ready to be able to see while swimming? Call us to schedule your appointment with a Raleigh Lasik surgeon.