Is Lasek Eye Surgery Painful?

LASEK patients report some mild to moderate pain, usually in the form of a stinging sensation.

However, this is usually very short lived and will soon decrease as the eye heals.

Patients who have undergone a LASIK treatment tend to experience less discomfort than with LASEK, as the cornea heals very quickly.

Does Lasek eye surgery hurt?

Patients have reported a variety of experiences after laser eye surgery. Some PRK and LASEK patients experience a mild stinging sensation, while others feel moderate pain. LASIK patients have it much easier when it comes to the healing process as the corneal flap heals very quickly.

What is the difference between Lasik and Lasek eye surgery?

LASIK and LASEK are forms of corrective refractive eye surgeries, and both reshape corneas permanently. The main difference between them is that with LASIK, a corneal flap is created and replaced, and with LASEK, the top layer of the cornea is loosened, moved, and reattached.

How much pain is normal after Lasik?

Soreness and discomfort are both common after LASIK surgery, as is dry eye and itchiness. This is all part of the healing process and totally normal. Even if it is normal, it can be inconvenient, so these tips will help you with the healing process.

How long does it take to recover from laser eye surgery?

LASIK Recovery Time 2-3 Months after LASIK

It is common for the eyes to continue to heal for at least 3 months after LASIK, which means your vision will also continue to improve. In patients with more severe prescriptions, their eyes can continue to heal for up to 6 months.

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”.

How much does Lasek cost?

LASEK Costs

The cost of LASEK is similar to the cost of LASIK; typically about $1,000 to $2,300 for traditional LASEK or $2,500 to $4,000 for custom LASEK.

How long does it take to recover from Lasek eye surgery?

about four to seven days

Is Lasek surgery safe?

LASEK eye surgery offers a safe and effective alternative to LASIK but typically is performed only if you are not a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, owing to the faster visual recovery and minimal discomfort associated with LASIK.

What are disadvantages of laser eye surgery?

Risks of LASIK include:

  • Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production.
  • Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night.
  • Undercorrections.
  • Overcorrections.
  • Astigmatism.
  • Flap problems.
  • Vision loss or changes.

Can I cry after Lasik?

In some cases, crying has not resulted in any harm, in some it has as below. Any rubbing of the eyes immediately after LASIK can pose a risk to the ‘flap’ which has been taken.

What should I avoid after Lasik?

Recommended Post-LASIK Activity Schedule

  1. Always avoid rubbing your eyes.
  2. Avoid staring without lubricating the eyes.
  3. Avoid watching TV or reading.
  4. Avoid showering (you may take a bath but avoid getting soap or water in the eyes, showering or bathing before surgery is fine).
  5. Avoid alcohol consumption.

Can I watch TV after Lasik surgery?

Since your eyes are still healing, they will be especially sensitive in the first 24 hours after the LASIK procedure. So it’s recommended to wait at least 24 hours before watching TV again. Watching TV immediately after the procedure can cause your eyes to strain, and that will negatively affect the healing process.

Do you need time off work after laser eye surgery?

The short answer is: Within a couple of days following LASIK and after a week following LASEK. Your recovery time will depend on a number of factors, including the type of treatment you’ve had. Most LASIK patients return to work within 48 hours of surgery, while for LASEK patients it may take up to seven days.

Can you shower after Lasik?

Patients can shower normally after LASIK and will be asked to simply avoid shower stream directly to the face, washing the eyelids directly, and drying the eyelids afterwards. So no swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, streams or oceans for at least one week after your LASIK procedure.

Can I use my phone after Lasik?

Looking at your phone or any screen after LASIK can cause your eyes to strain and become uncomfortable. Also, staring at the screen of your device can lead to symptoms of dry eyes. The easiest way to help your eyes heal and avoid those issues is to wait one day after your surgery before using your mobile devices.