How long after SMILE can I swim?
It is recommended to refrain from swimming up to a month after the surgery. That’s because the eyes need the time to fully heal. Water in the swimming pool have chlorine and possibly other substances that may be harsh to the sensitive eyes and slow down recovery or worse, cause infection.
Chlorine is usually added into the swimming pool to kill germs and bacteria. It generally keeps the water safe for some good fun time. However, it does have side effect such as removing the tear film on your eyes which makes them vulnerable to infection.
So, take extra caution if you’re a swimming instructor or diving instructor. Maybe it’s best to sit at the admin side of the job temporarily instead of hopping into the pool!
If you’re travelling, don’t get too excited to jump into the waterfall, lake or ocean. Water from places like lakes and ponds have tons of bacteria and microorganisms. They may cause infection that could prove to be very detrimental towards your eyes and prolong the recovery time.