Laser cataract and refractive lens procedures are safe and painless, and usually have little downtime. Vision may be “foggy” for the first day or so, but most people can resume the majority of their daily activities almost immediately. In fact, people are usually able to get back to work within a few days! We ask that patients avoid submerging their faces in water or expose themselves to dusty environments for 7 days, although you may shower with the eyes closed and the shower aimed at your back. Moderate exercise – such as walking and use of stationary bicycles, stair climbers, and elliptical trainers – is encouraged, but it is recommended that jumping, heavy weight lifting and other strenuous exercises are avoided for one week.