September 19th, 2019 | Updated on March 3rd, 2020
When you think of summer vacations, the first three things that come to your mind are probably the sun, the sand and the waves!
Everybody loves being in a pool, lake or sea when the temperatures start to rise. But, if you’ve just had a LASIK eye surgery, your eyes are extremely vulnerable.
That is why it is important that patients invest in wearing eye shields after surgery and avoid situations that increase the risk for infections.
There are a few precautions you should take while getting into the pool or just relaxing on the beach after your LASIK eye surgery.
Why You Need To Be Careful
If your eyes are exposed to water before they are healed, they can become dry.
Chemicals and bacteria found in water bodies can also cause infections and other serious eye problems.
That is why you have a few restrictions after LASIK eye surgery to make sure your eyes have a smooth healing process devoid of any complications.
Therefore, it is suggested that you should even avoid splashing tap water a few days after your surgery.
Precautions To Take Before You Go Swimming Post Your LASIK Surgery
If you are really looking forward to going swimming, then you can dive into the pool 2 weeks after your LASIK surgery. Wear goggles to make sure the chlorinated water doesn’t get into your eyes.
- Natural water bodies like oceans, lakes, rivers or ponds are not chlorinated or disinfected. These water bodies have various irritants like dirt, sand and bacteria that could cause eye infections. You might be making yourself more vulnerable to eye infections if you swim in water bodies. Water bodies should be avoided for three weeks after your LASIK surgery. But if you have to get into the water, you need to wear airtight goggles to protect your eyes.
- Avoid high water pressure activities like surfing and water rafting for at least a month after your LASIK surgery.
- Avoid jet skis, water skiing, or other activities in which this water can splash into your eyes.
- If you are lounging by the pool, you need to make sure you are wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Hot tubs and saunas are breeding grounds for bacteria. You should avoid them 6 weeks after your LASIK surgery.
Swimming in itself is not harmful for your eyes after LASIK surgery. But when your eyes are recovering, it is best to keep them away from water.
It is best to consult your eye surgeon for any doubts you might have about engaging in water sports after your LASIK surgery.
Follow these precautionary measures for just a few weeks after LASIK to enjoy a lifetime of lounging in the pool or going for a swim in the ocean without the hassles of glasses or lenses. Definitely sounds worth it, doesn’t it?
Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care and eye health. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.
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