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Does LASIK Hurt? Your Questions Answered

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Does LASIK Hurt? Your Questions Answered[[MORE]]You’ve been thinking about it for years, but only one thing is holding you back: the fear. Guess what? You’re not alone. Let’s break it down. Level with me – does the LASIK procedure hurt? In all...

You’ve been thinking about it for years, but only one thing is holding you back: the fear.

Guess what? You’re not alone. Let’s break it down.

Level with me – does the LASIK procedure hurt?

In all honesty, it can vary. You will be given eye drops before the procedure to numb your eyes. Patients generally feel some pressure on their eye at the beginning of the procedure while the cornea is being prepped for correction, but this is usually not painful and usually lasts less than a minute.

If you’re nervous, you can talk to your doctor about taking a medication prior to the operation to help calm your nerves.

OK, so even if I might not feel pain during the procedure, will I afterward?

After the numbing eye drops wear off, you may feel some moderate pain and/or discomfort that could last for a few days. Some people experience no pain. This is a great thing to talk with your LASIK doctor about. He or she will be able to advise what pain medications you can take to manage this discomfort if you need to.

LASIK doctor? I don’t have a LASIK doctor, you’re thinking to yourself. We’ve got you covered. Find one in your area here. Most do free LASIK consultations.

This may sound strange, but what if I get scared during the procedure and accidently blink or move my head?

Not strange at all — this is a very common question. Your eye is actually held open with a small device so you can’t blink, and the eye drops you’re given will reduce your urge to blink. Also during the procedure, the surgeon will gently hold your head in place. Your job is just to show up and watch a blinking target light.

Oh, and if you’re concerned about staring at a target too, there’s an “eye tracker” that monitors the position of your eye and compensates for any small, involuntary movements your eye may make. This ensures each correction is made to the exact spot it’s supposed to be.

Well, that’s all good to know. But I’m still nervous!

We get that! That’s why it’s important to talk to your surgeon about your concerns. He or she can talk through more of the ins and outs of the procedure and what to expect. Again, you can find one near you to talk to by clicking here. Or if you have follow-up questions for us, you can ask us anything here.


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