• How soon can I resume normal activities after a superficial keratectomy?


    Question:

    How soon after a superficial keratectomy can I travel by plane or go back to daily responsibilities such as school and work?


    Answer:

    In a superficial keratectomy, the damaged surface cells of the cornea are removed to smooth the outer layer of the cornea and restore clear vision. Until the surface heals (usually 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the keratectomy), patients may be in a significant amount of pain, have impaired vision, and are at risk for infection.

    The only activity that is absolutely forbidden is swimming. However, for other situations, your activity level may be governed by your level of pain and visual ability to perform those activities. You should talk to your ophthalmologist for guidance about what activities are safe and will not put your healing eye at risk.


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