When can you exercise after refractive cataract surgery?

People can return to exercising quite quickly after refractive cataract surgery, but the specific answer relates to the particular requirement of the patient.

If a specific individual wants to go to the gym and lift very heavy weights, I would advise them to wait between four and six weeks.

However, patients that perform exercise classes, and I’ve had some patients recently who go to dance fitness classes like Zumba and so on, they can get back to doing that within a week or so.

It’s very important that people address the issue of not putting too much strain on the eye. Exercising such as a brisk walk, you can do within a day or two after cataract surgery, cycling, within a few days, swimming, within a couple of weeks, but really heavy exercise, I’d suggest waiting about four weeks.

But people can return to exercising much quicker than is often perceived to be the case.

I invite you to book a consultation to determine your suitability for refractive cataract surgery or refractive lens exchange. It’s the only way to determine your suitability for these procedures and to have an in-depth discussion regarding the risks and benefits of each of them. I look forward to seeing you there and taking you through the journey to achieving your desired postoperative outcome.

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Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.