How Long After Getting LASIK Should You Wait Before Going Into Water?

Swimming after lasik

Picture this: it’s summer. You’re about to take a refreshing dip in the pool. But before you leap in, you remember your glasses or contacts. Should you remove them? And if you do, how will you see? 

Navigating water activities while dealing with contacts or glasses is never an easy task. Fortunately, with the help of a LASIK procedure, you can enjoy summertime fun without losing a contact lens or damaging your eyewear. 

But not so fast. Whether you recently had LASIK or are considering it, the most common questions patients ask are about the recovery process: how long should you wait after surgery to enjoy water activities? Are you allowed to take showers? Clear Choice is here to help. Here’s what you need to know before jumping in the water after LASIK. 

Can You Shower Regularly After LASIK?

Following your LASIK procedure, it’s recommended that patients take a nap to allow their eyes to rest. Once you wake up, taking a shower as you normally would is perfectly fine. However, avoid soap, water, or shampoo from entering your eyes. As you scrub your face, be gentle around your eyes as well. This carefulness also applies to your skincare routine. It may be difficult to remember caution while performing routine hygiene, but you must remember it’s for your benefit. 

How Long Should You Wait Before Entering a Lake, Ocean, or Pool?

Do you have a vacation coming up and are unsure if you should get a LASIK procedure done before? If you plan on swimming after LASIK, you’ll want to plan your trip carefully. Following your LASIK procedure, let a week pass before you enter a pool or body of water. Hot tubs can be enjoyed about three to five days after your procedure. Unless your vision requires immediate correction, consider scheduling LASIK after your vacation. This will help prevent you from rushing into any activities that could potentially harm your recovery process. 

Chlorine, bacteria in freshwater, and salt from ocean water can irritate or cause an infection in your eyes. So, if you love being in the water, you should plan on wearing swimming goggles to give your eyes extra protection for a few weeks following your LASIK procedure. For additional information, get your questions answered by our doctors during your free consultation.

Correct Your Vision With Clear Choice LASIK

Are you ready to reduce your dependence on your glasses or contacts? Schedule a free consultation with our doctors to see if LASIK is the right choice for you. During your evaluation, our highly trained staff will take precise measurements to ensure that you receive the best results possible. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our vision experts any last-minute questions you may have. Don’t have time right now to schedule an appointment? Take our LASIK Self-Test. Even if you’re not a candidate for LASIK, we’ll work with you to find a corrective procedure that works for you. Don’t put off vision correction any longer. Schedule your consultation today and get ready to enjoy all your favorite activities again.

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