How Soon After LASIK Can I See Better?

How Soon After LASIK Can I See Better?

Vision problems, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism, can leave you with blurry vision, but LASIK can finally free you from contacts and glasses. If you’re considering LASIK, you might wonder how long it’ll take until you can see better.  

Dr. Jay C. Grochmal, MD, and our team here at Grochmal Eye Center and Aesthetics are LASIK experts, offering Wavefront™ LASIK for refractive eye surgery here in Catonsville, Maryland. In this blog, Dr. Grochmal discusses LASIK, including how soon you can see after this surgery.

How does LASIK work?

LASIK, which is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea. Although we perform a bladeless LASIK surgery, it’s important to understand how LASIK works and how it can impact your recovery timeline. 

During a bladeless LASIK surgery, a laser cuts your corneal flap. Reshaping the cornea is key to correcting vision problems because the cornea helps focus light to create images on your retina. You can think of it working similar to how a camera lens focuses light and creates images on strips of film. 

Clearer vision: when can you expect it?

Immediately after surgery, you’ll likely experience blurry vision as the cornea heals. This is normal, and you can plan on taking the rest of your surgery day to rest and relax at home. Avoid watching TV or reading as this can strain your eyes. Instead, you can try taking a nap or listening to audiobooks or podcasts. 

As your eyes continue to heal, you should experience a dramatic improvement in your vision, but it is normal for your vision to fluctuate for approximately two to three weeks. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light or feel gritty during this time, but eye drops can help with this temporary side effect. During this time, Dr. Grochmal continues to monitor your progress and recovery.

Most people achieve 20/40 vision at a minimum, and more than 90% achieve 20/20 vision.

What to expect after surgery

Your personal recovery timeline varies, but there are things you can do to protect your eyes as you heal. During your first 24 hours, rest is your number one priority. Dr. Grochmal provides you with specific instructions which may include: 

In addition to your specific post-surgery instructions, you can continue to promote healthy vision by wearing sunglasses, taking eye breaks to prevent eye strain while working on the computer, stopping smoking, wearing protective eyewear when appropriate, and following an eye-healthy diet. Foods rich in lutein, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin E are good for your eyes.

Is LASIK right for you?

Blade-free LASIK isn’t right for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your hopes to have better vision. Dr. Grochmal may suggest a different refractive surgery, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

To explore your surgical options for clearer vision, call our Catonsville, Maryland office at 410-744-5310 or book your visit on our website.

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