Most patients would see improvement in vision the next day especially those who have had LASIK and ReLEx SMILE. The recovery process however is on-going over the next couple of weeks and stabilisation of vision may take up to 3 months.
The post-op advice is divided into 2 stages - to prevent infection and thereafter to smoothen the recovery process. Immediately after the surgery, some patients may experience dryness and it is advisable to reduce screen time including heavy reading for the first 3 days to 7 days to help with recovery.
In general, light exercises like jogging, fuming and yoga can be resumed after a week. You may however want to wait for a month before resuming water activities like swimming and diving. Also stay away from contact sports the first month to avoid accidental injury to your eyes. Apart from these, you may proceed with your day to day activities as per usual.
When in doubt, seek your eye surgeon’s advice so as to minimise infection and ensure a smooth recovery for your eyes.
It is important to allow your eyes sufficient time to heal while recovering from a LASIK surgery. If you engage in light sports, you may resume them after about 5 days. For more active sports (such as swimming, diving, bungee jumping, football, etc), you may resume them after about 1 month. If you regularly engage in rugged and contact sports (such as boxing, wrestling, rugby, etc), it is not very advisable to engage them after a LASIK surgery due to the cut flap created during the procedure.
On the other hand, if you have not undergone the procedure, you may want to consider the no-cut, no-flap Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) procedures including TransPRK which does not involve the cutting of a corneal flap, allowing you to participate in rugged and active sports without any worry of corneal flap complications.
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