How Long Will It Take To Get Back To Normal Activity?

Getting back to normal activity after Laser Eye Surgery

In a nutshell: The majority of Laser Eye Surgery patients are back to their normal routine within a day or two.

In fact, if you’re a LASIK patient, it’s very likely you’ll be able to return to work the next morning after surgery.

However, here at the London Vision Clinic, we tend to ask our patients to take one day off—the day after their surgery. This allows them to reside in a relaxed environment while taking a bit of time to adjust to their new vision and lubricant drop routine.

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A timeline for returning to normal activity after Laser Eye Surgery

The following is our recommended timeline for when patients of LASIK surgery can expect to get back to doing certain activities:

Immediately after surgery

  • Rest and keep your eyes closed for the first few hours after surgery. Once things have settled, you can resume normal activity at home.
  • Be very careful to avoid any activity that could lead to something touching or poking your eyes.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. Instead, use the provided lubricant drops for any itching or dryness.

24 Hours after surgery

  • Take a bath instead of a shower. Avoid getting any soap or tap water in your eyes.
  • You can read and watch TV as long as you avoid letting your eyes dry out.
  • LASIK patients tend to return to work, but you should keep your eyes well lubricated with artificial tears (staring at computer screens can dry your eyes). This does not affect the outcome, but can cause temporary visual fluctuations.
  • Flying is acceptable but again, you will need to lubricate your eyes, as the air is very dry inside the plane.

48 Hours after surgery

  • At this stage, your cornea will have strengthened. This means that day-to-day activities such as showering and wearing make up are once again acceptable.

Day 3 activities

  • You can return to do exercise that does not affect your eyes, such as using a treadmill, or stationary bike, but not swimming.
  • More playful activities like wrestling with the kids is acceptable but be careful they don’t poke you in your eye!

Week 2 activities

  • Racquet sports are permitted i.e tennis, squash, racquetball, badminton (but always wear eye protection). Along with the following:
  • Swimming (with goggles)
  • Scuba diving, snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Motorcycling, dirt biking, mountain biking
  • Football
  • Skiing (with goggles)
  • Avoid high-impact sports such as martial arts, boxing and water-skiing until at least one month after LASIK.

Mr Carp on getting back to normal activity after Laser Eye Surgery


Expert laser eye surgeon Mr Glenn Carp talks about the short process of returning back to normal activity after Laser Eye Surgery.

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For 2017, we have updated this article to ‘Quick guide: Laser Eye Surgery recovery’

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