Can I watch TV after LASIK?

LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a type of laser eye surgery that can treat nearsightedness and astigmatism. It has become increasingly popular for people who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, many people don’t know what to expect after the procedure. One common question is about watching television after LASIK—can you watch TV immediately following the surgery? Let’s dive into what you need to know about this topic.

When can I watch TV again?

The answer to this question depends on your overall healing process. In general, it is best to wait at least 24 hours before partaking in any activities that require visual strain. This includes watching television, using your computer and phone, reading, and driving a car. Of course, if you feel uncomfortable with any activity during your recovery period, then you should always defer to your doctor’s opinion on when it is safe for you to resume regular activities.

After those first 24 hours, you will likely be able to return to low-level activities that do not require intense focusing or straining of the eyes such as watching television from a comfortable distance.

Will my vision be perfect right away?

It takes time for people’s vision to recover completely after LASIK surgery; most patients report improved vision within the first few days following their procedure, but full results may take up to several months depending on individual circumstances and healing rates.

During the first few weeks following LASIK there may still be some minor fluctuations in vision clarity so it is important not push yourself too hard in terms of activity during this time while you let your eyes heal and adjust naturally over time.

In summary, we recommend that people wait at least 24 hours before partaking in any activities requiring visual strain such as watching television after their LASIK procedure has been completed. As always though, if you have any questions or concerns related to how soon you can safely resume regular activities or are interested in LASIK, you can book a free virtual appointment here.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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