Swimming after Lasik: What Can I Expect?

By Francis Clark M.D. on July 19, 2018

A couple snorklingGlasses and contacts can be frustrating to use at the pool or beach. It is a catch 22: You must have glasses or contacts in order to see, but they can also make it extremely difficult to enjoy water activities like swimming.

At Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, PC, in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Francis J. Clark employs the use of personalized, state-of-the-art LASIK technology to modify the shape of your cornea and eliminate your need for glasses or contacts.

However, after LASIK, it is important to know how to care for your eyes. While it can be exciting to no longer have to worry about glasses or contacts in the pool, it is important to know what precautions to take when getting in the water after LASIK. Here, we discuss when you can go swimming after LASIK.

Precaution around Water While Healing

While it can be tempting to get in the water at the beach or pool, you need to be careful around water during the LASIK recovery period.

If you take the following precautions while your eyes are healing, this can aid in the healing process and help you avoid complications:

  • When you are taking a bath or shower, be mindful to keep soap or shampoo out of your eyes until after your eyes have fully recovered.
  • Since the chlorine in water can lead to irritated, dry eyes, you should steer clear of the swimming pool for four weeks post-surgery. After that, you should use goggles or avoid opening your eyes underwater.
  • You should also avoid hot tubs for four weeks after LASIK.
  • Because oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water could harbor pathogens and lead to an increased risk of infection, wait at least four weeks before swimming in these bodies of water as well.

Understanding LASIK

LASIK has a high success rate and can help most patients live without the need for glasses or contacts. It is one of the most popular elective surgery procedures in the United States.

When undergoing this procedure with Dr. Clark, rest assured that you are in experienced, capable hands. He has performed LASIK since it was first FDA-approved, and is committed to using the most up-to-date, safest technology available to transform your vision. Our office offers a customized, bladeless technique, a safer alternative to traditional LASIK.

During the procedure, Dr. Clark modifies the shape of the cornea, allowing it to better refract light. The Intralase™ FS Laser system creates a small flap in your cornea, and this flap is lifted to give Dr. Clark access to the interior layer.

The VISX Star S2™ then alters the shape of the cornea. Dr. Clark will replace the flap, which works as a natural bandage, meaning there is no need for sutures or extended aftercare. In fact, within a matter of days, many patients experience 20/20 vision!

Transform Your Vision with LASIK

If you are ready to enjoy fun summer activities without being hindered by contacts and glasses, call us at 215-672-4300 or contact us online anytime to find out if LASIK could be right for you.

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