The recovery time following LASIK is quite short, with most people being able to return to work three days after the surgery, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, it is not uncommon for a person's vision to fluctuate for several months after the procedure.
Patients are advised to avoid noncontact sports for three days after having LASIK, and to avoid contact sports for at least one month. Patients should avoid swimming and other water sports for two months after the procedure. LASIK involves making a small cut in the cornea, and it is important to avoid engaging in activities that may damage the cornea while it is still healing, advises the FDA.