Quick Answer: Are You Awake During Laser Eye Surgery?

The fact is most surgical procedures require anaesthetic, and other than a few numbing eye drops, Laser Eye Surgery is performed whilst patients are fully conscious.

Just like its name, however, the reality of being awake during Laser Eye Surgery is nowhere near as scary as it sounds.

Whilst the LASIK eye surgery corrects eyesight with a cut, the Flow procedure is completely non-contact. The entire procedure is performed using a laser. Another concern for patients undergoing laser eye procedures is that they might blink their eyes at the “wrong times”.

Do you get put to sleep for laser eye surgery?

The laser will only be in use for less than one minute on each side to reshape your corneas. This is why you will not need general anesthesia. There is not much benefit to general anesthesia during LASIK, which is why the vast majority of patients remain awake during their short surgery.

Does a laser eye surgery hurt?

Does laser eye surgery hurt? The short answer for the vast majority of patients is, no. Due to the anaesthetic drops which are applied before the procedure, laser eye surgery itself is generally pain-free, but following the treatment, patients may feel some discomfort in the early stages of healing.

How long does laser eye surgery take?

The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.

How painful is laser eye surgery?

In most cases, PRK and LASIK does not hurt during or immediately after the procedure. Before your LASIK eye surgery begins, numbing eye drops are used to alleviate any pain or discomfort to the eye during the procedure. LASIK does not hurt during the procedure, however you may feel some pressure on your eyes.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

What is the best age to get laser eye surgery?

Is there an ideal age for patients to get a LASIK procedure? The short answer is no, though there is a general minimum age of 18 to 21. Adults of any age with stable vision and otherwise healthy eyes may be great candidates for LASIK. However, other eye issues often make another treatment a better option for seniors.

Can you go blind from Lasik?

This is extremely rare but has happened. LASIK surgery itself does not cause blindness, and most cases of LASIK complications are avoidable by following aftercare procedures set forth by your surgeon. The most uncomfortable part of LASIK surgery, according to what our patients tell us, is the pressure from the laser.

How long after Lasik can I rub my eyes?

1 to 2 weeks post LASIK: You can usually begin exercising within a week after LASIK surgery, but you should continue to avoid contact sports for at least a month. Wear sunglasses when out in the sun to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet light, and use the provided eye drops to minimize dry eyes.