When can I go to gym after LASIK or Laser Eye surgery?

Gymnasiums are a source of infection and allergies especially because of harboring bacteria due to sweat.  Therefore it is important to wash your hands before touching your face when working out after LASIK. Try and also avoid touching the eyes with unclean hands which have touched gym equipment. If the eyes are itchy or sensitive, avoid workouts till eyes feel asymptomatic.

You can restart simple exercises, like running and lifting light weights, after about two or three days following a laser eye LASIK surgery. Avoid strenuous or heavy workouts like lifting heavy weights as this may strain your eyes causing discomfort which may also worry you. Begin slowly and increase the intensity over the next two weeks.

When can I resume serious exercises and Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and training for a marathon, cycling, weight training etc?

Most of the heavyweight exercises can start with light weights by day three and increase slowly over the next two weeks. Safely two weeks after laser eye surgery, one can resume most activities.

The important points to be careful of are: Avoid infection and a wrinkled or displaced flap.  For this, the principle to follow is never touching your eyes with unclean hands…ever!

One tends to squeeze your eyes when you strain during a workout, hence best to wait for three days or so.

What if sweat enters my eyes after laser eye LASIK surgery?

Sweat in your eyes can cause irritation. Avoid getting this by using clean napkins to dab away the sweat, headbands etc. If sweat does happen to get into your eyes when working out, do not rub your eyes as it can cause blurred vision and discomfort.

Make sure that you have your eye doctor’s permission to do all the workouts and sports activities before you resume any exercise or sports

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