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.

Day of Surgery

The day of surgery should be a day of rest. 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.

  • Always avoid rubbing eyes - instead, use lubricating drops for irritation
  • Avoid staring without lubricating the eyes
  • Avoid showering. You may take a bath, instead. Avoid getting soap or water in the eyes. (Showering or bathing before surgery is fine)
  • Avoid alcohol consumption

Activities that can begin the day after surgery.

  • Shower (continue to avoid getting any soap or water in the eyes)
  • Limit yourself to light activities. Going to office or school, as well as reading, writing, or working on the computer is acceptable
  • Driving short distances after the eye examination is acceptable if adequate vision is confirmed at the post-operative evaluation
  • Watching TV is acceptable, but keep eyes well-lubricated. PRK patients should avoid watching TV for 48 hours
  • Flying in airplanes is acceptable but keep eyes generously lubricated (every 30 minutes) – airplanes have very dry air
  • Facial makeup application (no eye makeup)
  • Moderate lifting is acceptable. Avoid lifting heavy objects (over 50 lbs)

Activities that can begin after 3 days.

  • Light exercise (e.g. treadmill, Stairmaster, stationary bike).
  • Playing with children (be careful)
  • Lifting weights (more than 20 lbs)
  • Horseback riding
  • Sauna or steam room
  • Outdoor activities: Jogging, rollerblading, relaxed bicycling, playing golf, boating,skiing

Activities that can begin after 1 week.

  • Eye makeup application (avoid touching the eyes)
  • Dying your hair and eyebrows

Activities that can begin after 1 week WITH eye protection.

  • (For LASIK patients) Sun-tanning and salon tanning
  • Racquet sports: tennis, squash, racquetball, badminton
  • Swimming, waterslides, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing
  • Basketball, football (with helmet), soccer, baseball
  • Motorcycling, snowmobiling, hockey
  • Water skiing, wind surfing, kayaking, surfing


Activities that can begin after 1 month.

  • False eyelash or Latisse application
  • Waxing eyebrows
  • Botox in the eye or forehead regions

Activities that can begin after 1 month WITH eye protection.

  • (For PRK patients) Sun-tanning and salon tanning
  • Dirt biking, mountain biking
  • Parachuting

Activities that can begin after 1 month without eye protection. Proceed with caution:

  • Swimming, waterslides, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing
  • Basketball, football (with helmet), soccer, baseball

Activities that can begin after 3 months without eye protection. Proceed with caution:

  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing

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