LASIK Eye Surgery Patients Summer Care Tips

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 13-Jun-2012

getty_rm_photo_of_man_and_dog_in_poolSummer is the season manyLASIK eye surgery patients most look forward to. If you’ve ever struggled to find a safe place to keep your glasses at the beach, or have suffered through blurry vision at the pool, you can probably relate. Water-related activities aren’t always the best activities for people who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.

LASIK vision correction surgery frees people up to enjoy summer activities without the hassle of glasses or contacts. If you recently underwent LASIK eye surgery or are considering LASIK, there are a few things for you to consider before jumping into the pool or heading out to the beach.

Is it safe to be in the sun following LASIK eye surgery?

It is always important to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays, but is especially important in the six weeks post-surgery. UV rays can actually reverse the effects of LASIK, and cause blurry or hazy vision. Before you step outside, put on your sunglasses. Be sure your sunglasses are made to block out at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. It would also be wise to avoid tanning beds in the weeks following LASIK eye surgery.

After having LASIK eye surgery, how long should you wait before swimming in a pool?

After surgery, wait at least one week before swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub. When you do go for a swim, wear goggles. Your eyes will be sensitive following LASIK surgery and the chlorine can irritate your eyes or cause dry eyes.

Can you swim in the ocean or lakes following LASIK surgery?

Yes -- but you should wait at least two weeks before jumping into a lake or the ocean. Lake and ocean water carry bacteria and organisms that can cause infection. Until your eyes have healed completely, you are more susceptible to eye infection from swimming. Again, it would be wise to wear goggles when swimming in the ocean or in a lake.

Following LASIK surgery, we know how anxious you are to enjoy summer activities without the hassle of eyeglasses or contact lenses. While you can certainly participate in summer activities after LASIC vision correction surgery, be smart and take extra steps to protect your eyes.

Do you have other post-op questions? Ask us in the comments below!

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