Swimming After LASIK
Summertime is upon us! That means sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and hanging out poolside. Many people are excited, not only to save money by having LASIK, but to be able to enjoy all the fun water activities of summer– without worrying about the hassles of contact lenses, or prescription goggles and sunglasses at the pool in order to see. Find out how long you should wait before swimming after LASIK.
In summer, it is important to take certain precautions like applying sunscreen and wearing the proper eye protection to shield your eyes from UV rays. However, what if you just got LASIK or are planning to have LASIK this summer? If you have chosen to have LASIK with Kugler Vision in Omaha, congratulations! LASIK is a life changing procedure that affects every aspect of your life in a positive way. We can help you determine the answers to all your questions regarding your procedure.
How long after LASIK do I have to wait before swimming?
It is important for you to allow your eyes to completely heal after the procedure before jumping in for a swim. LASIK is quick, safe, and greatly enhances one’s quality of life. In fact, the procedure is over within minutes! As with all procedures there is a recovery period. For example, if you choose to swim in a chlorinated pool your eyes could become irritated and dry. Also, the chemicals in the pool may tempt you to rub your eyes.
Swimming in a lake or other body of freshwater before your eyes have recovered from the LASIK procedure increases your risk of an eye infection. In general, we recommend that our LASIK patients follow the Post LASIK instructions below in order to keep their eyes healthy, prevent infection, and give them their smoothest and fastest recovery.
What should I do to prevent any complications after LASIK?
Post LASIK Instructions:
- No hot tubs for six weeks
- No swimming in pools or lakes for two weeks
- No eye makeup for one week
Everyone’s eyes are different, so it is important to consult with our doctors before and after your LASIK procedure to learn more about when it is safe for you to return to summer fun in the water! If you are considering LASIK, call us at 402.558.2211 or schedule a consultation. We are here to answer all your questions!
Lance Kugler, MD is the Founder and Physician CEO of Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska. Following a year of specialty training, during which he performed over 1300 refractive surgical procedures, Dr. Kugler returned to Omaha to bring the latest state-of-the-art LASIK and cataract surgery technology to Nebraska. Dr. Kugler serves as Director of Refractive Surgery for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he is in charge of resident education and research programs to advance the field of refractive surgery.