Post-LASIK Activity Schedule

Recommended activity schedule following laser eye surgery

At LASIK MD, our dedicated team of doctors has established this activity schedule to ensure a successful recovery. It is important that you follow this recommended activity schedule to ensure the proper healing of your new eyes.

As indicated by your Surgical Counsellor, it is important that you follow your post-operative instructions for your drops. Whether it is for LASIK or PRK vision correction, follow the instructions for wearing your sunglasses provided to you. For PRK vision correction patients, day 1 should be counted as the first day without contact lenses and they should not count day 1 as the first day after surgery.

For the first month after LASIK or PRK, it is recommended that you avoid trauma to your eyes in the same way that contact lens wearers would avoid trauma that could cause a contact lens to fall out.

The day of surgery:

When you get home from your surgery, you should spend the day resting. Some patients prefer to have a friend or family member available to assist them for the first few hours.

Your eyes are very sensitive and it is very important to take extra care to avoid activities in which the eye may be poked, rubbed or touched. Keep your eyes well lubricated. Follow these measures the day of your surgery:

  • Always avoid rubbing eyes – instead, use lubricating drops for irritation.
  • Avoid staring without lubricating the eyes.
  • Avoid watching TV or reading.
  • Avoid showering (you may take a bath but avoid getting soap or water in the eyes, showering or bathing before surgery is fine).
  • Avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Do not drive (even if only one eye has been treated).

The day after surgery you can do the following:

  • Shower (continue to avoid getting any soap or water in the eyes).
  • Light activities, such as going to the office or school, reading, or writing.
  • Drive short distances if we confirm that you have adequate vision.
  • Work on a computer or watch TV, but keep your eyes well-lubricated.
  • Fly in an airplane, but keep eyes generously lubricated (every 30 minutes).
  • Facial makeup application (no eye makeup).
  • Lift objects of moderate weight (under 50 lbs).

Three days after surgery you can do the following:

  • Apply eye makeup (remove makeup gently and avoid touching the eyes).
  • Light exercise, such as using a treadmill, Stairmaster or stationary bike.
  • Play carefully with children.
  • Lift weights heavier than 50 lbs.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Sauna or steam room.
  • Outdoor activities, such as jogging, rollerblading, relaxed bicycling, golfing and boating.

Additional activities that can begin with eye protection:

  • Eye makeup application (avoid touching the eyes)
  • Sun-tanning and salon tanning.
  • Tennis, squash, racquetball and badminton.
  • Swimming, waterslides, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing.
  • Water skiing, wind surfing, surfing and kayaking.
  • Hockey, basketball, football, soccer and baseball.
  • Motorcycling and snowmobiling.
  • Skiing and snowboarding.

Activities that can begin after 1 week with caution:

  • Dying hair & eyebrows.
  • Waxing eyebrows.
  • Botox® around the eyes or forehead.


One month after surgery you can do the following with eye protection:

  • Dirt biking and mountain biking.
  • Parachuting and bungee jumping.
  • Boxing and mixed martial arts (at a non-professional level).

Additional activities that can begin without eye protection, but proceed with caution:

  • False eyelash and Latisse® application.
  • Swimming, waterslides, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing.
  • Hockey, basketball, football, soccer and baseball.
  • Skiing and snowboarding.





Three months after surgery you can do the following without eye protection, but proceed with caution:

  • Water skiing, wind surfing, kayaking and sufirng.
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).





Six months after surgery you can do the following without eye protection, but proceed with caution:

  • Boxing and mixed martial arts (at a non-professional level).



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