lasik eye surgery and working out

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    Jan 22, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    i recently had lasik eye surgery and the dr gave me a sheet of paper of does and donts. on the donts it stated no lifting weights for 2 weeks. does anyone know why, or if its ok to go ahead and lift light. i really dont want to be out of the gym for 2 weeks, but i dont want to jeopardize my surgery either. any advise or comments from lasik patients who work out would be greatly apprectiated
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    Jan 22, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Pro tip: Don't lift for 2 weeks.
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 22, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    When you lift weights, it causes you to strain which puts pressure to your head. You don't need any exploding blood vessels in your eyes.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    Yeah, better to be safe than sorry. Also, when some guys workout, they squint real hard during hard reps. That has the potential of moving the flap and preventing it from healing properly. So yeah, just chill out for a couple weeks and wait for the follow-up exam to make sure everything is ok.
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jan 22, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    hrmm let's see.. risk losing your vision or risk going out of shape over a massive 2 weeks? yep it's a no brainer!
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    Like others have already said: don't lift for two weeks. Your dr wouldn't have put it on the don't list if it wasn't important.

    Two weeks isn't that long anyways. Just rest up and wait till your eyes are all better.
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    Jan 22, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    In addition to possible strain while lifting, which could cause capillary damage, any activity in which your eye is in a vulnerable position for injury is recommended to be avoided right after LASIK. The corneal flap is still healing and anything that might create a tear and/or detachment needs to be prevented.

    When i had it done in 2004, I only waited a few days before hitting the gym again. I do not remember being given the direction to wait 2 weeks before lifting weights. I think it might have said not to strain lifting things, which encompassed weights, too, i guess. I never listen anyway, but I am VERY fortunate nothing bad happened.
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:13 AM GMT
    Be wise - don't do weights for the recommended time. All these comments make sense.
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    Jan 22, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    oh,... and if you suppliment with creatine, be sure to take in extra water even after the two week window. I figured that one out with Lasik. My eyes dry out quicker than before. Fish oil is good ongoing as well. Just sayin'.
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    Jan 22, 2012 9:41 AM GMT
    westtxbeast saidi recently had lasik eye surgery and the dr gave me a sheet of paper of does and donts. on the donts it stated no lifting weights for 2 weeks. does anyone know why, or if its ok to go ahead and lift light. i really dont want to be out of the gym for 2 weeks, but i dont want to jeopardize my surgery either. any advise or comments from lasik patients who work out would be greatly apprectiated
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    I had the surgery last year. The first 15 days ARE CRITICAL as the corneal flap is healing. They gave me night googles, so I wouldnt un knowingly rub my eyes for the first week while i sleep. I hated it, but had to wear it. I didnt get a good nights sleep for days, so didnt feel like working out either. Make sure you put the anti inflamatry and anti biotic drops exactly like you are asked to do. 4 times a day etc...put a reminder on your phone if you cant remember.Initally, you cant shower your face either, just the back of your head.
    The first weeks, I used the tear drops to keep my eyes moist as they would get dry with computer work, , but then tapered that of in a month or two. ALWAYS keep a spare vial with you in your pocket for the first 2 months. You shoudlnt use tap water to flush out any irritant then.

    Its an AMAZING life changing urgery---you need to do your SMALL part.


    DONT be a REAL MORON. Listen to your doctor.
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    Jan 22, 2012 9:50 AM GMT
    Yeah... your Doctor is an idiot. I would ignore his advise after having him operate on my eyeballs and solicit recommendations from strangers on a gay website. Let us know how it goes.
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    Jan 22, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    sdgman saidYeah... your Doctor is an idiot. I would ignore his advise after having him operate on my eyeballs and solicit recommendations from strangers on a gay website. Let us know how it goes.
    +1000!
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    Jan 22, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    I had LASIK done a few years back. Never saw that one on my list of don't.

    But I'm glad I had the surgery... Awesome!!
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    Jan 22, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    sdgman saidYeah... your Doctor is an idiot. I would ignore his advise after having him operate on my eyeballs and solicit recommendations from strangers on a gay website. Let us know how it goes.


    LOL.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    I went from Halloween 2011 till mid-Jan 2012 without working out. During that time I put on a whopping 0.9% bodyfat...7 lbs...big whoop.

    If you're worried about being out of the game for two weeks, you worry too much.
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    westtxbeast saidi recently had lasik eye surgery and the dr gave me a sheet of paper of does and donts. on the donts it stated no lifting weights for 2 weeks. does anyone know why, or if its ok to go ahead and lift light. i really dont want to be out of the gym for 2 weeks, but i dont want to jeopardize my surgery either. any advise or comments from lasik patients who work out would be greatly apprectiated
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    Why do you value realjock's advice over your doctor's warning?
  • disasterpiece

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    Jan 22, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    All what they said.

    Do cardio instead.

    I make rhymes in my posts.

    Now I'm up for Nutella toasts.

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    Jun 02, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Since they cut a layer of your eye and peel it away, then reattach it, does it leave some sort of scar that you can see if you look in the mirror? Just curious.
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    Jun 02, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Ravco saidoh,... and if you suppliment with creatine, be sure to take in extra water even after the two week window. I figured that one out with Lasik. My eyes dry out quicker than before. Fish oil is good ongoing as well. Just sayin'.

    Was the drying out a permanent side effect?
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    Jun 02, 2012 8:19 AM GMT
    I'm wondering.... before getting the LESIK you need to wait until your eyesight is stable, right??? I'm almost 20 yo. and my eyes are stable yet icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 02, 2012 8:28 AM GMT
    Helios69 saidSince they cut a layer of your eye and peel it away, then reattach it, does it leave some sort of scar that you can see if you look in the mirror? Just curious.


    No, there is no scar.

    Helios69 said Was the drying out a permanent side effect?


    It depends on your eyes. Dry eyes runs in my family, even the kids so my eyes continued to be dry. I never realized I had dry eyes when I had contacts because I just thought it was the contacts causing it, made worse with my allergies. But post-Lasik, I learned a technique to "activate" the nerves that encourage tear production (by opening my eyes pretty wide and leaving them that way for a few seconds).

    It sounds like Ravco didn't have a dry-eye problem beforehand, so it likely took care of itself.

    amoroushomme said

    I'm wondering.... before getting the LESIK you need to wait until your eyesight is stable, right??? I'm almost 20 yo. and my eyes are stable yet


    Yes, it's recommended to complete Lasik after your prescription has remained stable for at least 2 years

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    Jun 02, 2012 9:05 AM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    Helios69 saidSince they cut a layer of your eye and peel it away, then reattach it, does it leave some sort of scar that you can see if you look in the mirror? Just curious.


    No, there is no scar.

    Helios69 said Was the drying out a permanent side effect?


    It depends on your eyes. Dry eyes runs in my family, even the kids so my eyes continued to be dry. I never realized I had dry eyes when I had contacts because I just thought it was the contacts causing it, made worse with my allergies. But post-Lasik, I learned a technique to "activate" the nerves that encourage tear production (by opening my eyes pretty wide and leaving them that way for a few seconds).

    It sounds like Ravco didn't have a dry-eye problem beforehand, so it likely took care of itself.

    amoroushomme said

    I'm wondering.... before getting the LESIK you need to wait until your eyesight is stable, right??? I'm almost 20 yo. and my eyes are stable yet


    Yes, it's recommended to complete Lasik after your prescription has remained stable for at least 2 years



    and at what age did yours remain stable??? Thank you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2012 9:17 AM GMT
    ^^ I was 34. but everyone is different.
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    Jun 02, 2012 10:03 AM GMT
    Listen to the doctor. ;-) two weeks can be made up for later.
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    Jun 02, 2012 10:40 AM GMT
    Listen to your Doctor, the professional. If you want an explanation from him call him and ask. You don't want to mess around and do anything that could jeopardize your vision.