Aerobic and similar exercise programs should not be resumed until two weeks after cataract surgery to reduce chances of bruising, swelling or bleeding, according to NeoVision Eye Center. Strenuous exercises, which include weightlifting and contact sports, are not allowed for two to four weeks after cataract surgery.
Bending, lifting and physical strain of any kind that might put stress on the eye are strongly discouraged during the postoperative period. Exercise should be avoided to prevent swelling, which delays the healing process. Swimming should be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery, according to the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Other activities that could expose the eye to contaminants should also be avoided.