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A guided timeline for participating in post-operative activities

The constant need to wear glasses and contact lenses can become increasingly frustrating. They can be inconvenient when performing everyday tasks and might even interrupt your favourite activities and hobbies. As a result, you may be looking for a better and safer alternative, such as laser eye surgery or lens replacement surgery. Opting for vision correction surgery can allow you to enjoy your hobbies and activities with clear vision, and with much less hassle.

At Optical Express, we understand how keen our patients are to get back to the hobbies they love after their vision correction surgery procedure, from running, swimming, gardening or simply relaxing with a book. That is why we have created an extensive guide exploring the timeline for participating in numerous post-operative hobbies and activities.

If you are currently thinking about treatment, have already scheduled your appointment, or have recently had laser eye or lens surgery, read on.

How long will it take to recover from vision correction surgery?

When thinking about your recovery timeline, it's always crucial to remember that each patient's recovery journey will vary. The timeline for participating in your favourite activities depends on the type of procedure you require and your body’s natural healing time. Patients who have undergone LASIK surgery can normally return to their daily activities within 48hrs. For LASEK it’s slightly longer and can take up to a week. Lens surgery patients will usually be back to performing their everyday tasks within three to four days. While these timelines are a guide and can vary for each patient, most patients will typically heal and recover within the timeframe provided. It’s important for patients to follow the post-operative instructions given by the clinical care team to ensure a successful healing process.

So, when can you participate in activities again after surgery?

Most activities can be resumed gradually after the first two weeks of having laser eye surgery and lens replacement surgery, including but not limited to; going for a swim, jogging, and playing football.

What about more physically demanding activities?

For patients who love to explore the outdoors or enjoy extreme sports, we advise that you give yourself additional time to heal before getting back to some more vigorous hobbies. Most of the more physically demanding activities are fine to be resumed after four weeks for laser eye surgery and lens replacement surgery, including rock climbing and bungee jumping. If you feel you need more time to heal, we advise you do so. If you have any questions or want to check on the best time to resume your favourite activity, please discuss this with one of our experienced optometrists who will be happy to advise you.

Here is our detailed guide exploring the timeline for participating in post-operative hobbies and activities following a laser eye surgery or lens replacement surgery procedure:

As well as getting back to their favourite activities, patients often feel more confident, professionally and personally, following vision correction surgery at Optical Express. This ultimately leads to a healthier and happier lifestyle, helping improve physical and mental health.

Millions of people are already enjoying the life-changing benefits of vision correction surgery, so it’s time to take your first step towards improved vision and book your free consultation today at Optical Express today.

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