Post-Vision Correction Activity Schedule

Recommended activity schedule following vision correction procedures

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

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

For the first month after LASIK, PRK, RLE, cataract or lens implant procedures, 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.

Recommended Post-LASIK Activity Schedule

The day of surgery:

When you get home from your procedure, it is recommended that you spend the day resting. Some patients prefer to have a friend of family member available to assist them for the first few hours.

Following  your vision correction procedure, your eyes will be very sensitive, and it is important to take extra care to avoid activities in which the eye may be poked, rubbed or touched. Keep your eyes well-lubricated and follow these steps on 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 are permitted to do the following:

  • Shower (but 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 are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply eye makeup (remove makeup gently and avoid touching the eyes).
  • Light exercise, such as using a treadmill 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.

Some activities that are permitted one week after surgery:

  • 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.

Additional activities that you will be permitted to do (proceeding with caution):

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


One month after surgery, you are permitted to 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 you will be permitted to do (proceeding 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 will be permitted to do the following (proceeding with caution).

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





Six months after surgery you are permitted to do the following without eye protection (proceeding with caution):

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

 


Post-IOL Activity Schedule

The day of surgery:

  • After your surgery, you should rest.
  • Always be very careful about activities where the eye may be poked, rubbed or touched.
  • Always avoid rubbing eyes. Instead, use lubricant drops for irritation.
  • Avoid staring without having lubricated your eyes.
  • Take a bath instead of a shower and avoid getting soap and water in the eyes.

The day after surgery, you are permitted to do the following:

  • Shower, but continue to avoid any soap or water in the eyes.
  • Restrict your movement to light activities. Work should probably be avoided but working at home is acceptable.
  • Driving short distances after the eye examination is acceptable, if your vision is deemed adequate at the post-operative evaluation.
  • Reading and watching TV is acceptable, as long as you administer frequent lubrication to the eye.
  • Use computers, but keeping the eyes generously lubricated.
  • Flying in airplanes is acceptable, but keep eyes generously lubricated by administering drops every 30 minutes; airplanes have very dry air.

Two days after surgery, you are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply face makeup (but not eye makeup).
  • Return to the office and perform usual daily tasks (like sit in front of a computer).

Three days after surgery, you are permitted to do the following:

  • Exercise, but only activities that do not pose a risk to the eyes (such as a treadmill or stationary bike).
  • Play with children (but be careful so as not to get poked in the eye).
  • Moderate alcohol consumption may be resumed.
  • Weight-lifting.
  • Long-distance driving (driving for an hour or more).


One week after surgery, you are permitted to do the following:

  • Applying eye makeup (avoid touching the eyes).
  • Jogging outdoors.
  • Rollerblading.
  • Relaxed bicycling (but no mountain biking, as it can pose a risk to your eyes).
  • Golf.
  • Suntanning and salon-tanning (but please wear eye protection).
  • Sauna and steamroom.
  • Use of a hair dryer (but avoid blowing air directly in the eyes).





Two weeks after the procedure, you are permitted to do the following:

  • Contact sports





Activities that are permitted one month after the procedure:

  • Racquet sports – tennis, squash, racquetball, badminton (but always wear eye protection).
  • Swimming; scuba diving; snorkeling.
  • Sailing.
  • Motorcycling; dirt biking; mountain biking.
  • Parachuting.
  • Baseball; basketball; football; soccer.
  • Skiing.
  • Riding roller coasters.
  • Dying hair (including eyebrows).





Activities that are permitted three months after the procedure:

  • Water skiing; wind surfing; surfing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Martial arts and boxing (training without contact can start at 1 month).

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