In most cases, PRK and LASIK does not hurt during or immediately after the procedure.
LASIK does not hurt during the procedure, however you may feel some pressure on your eyes.
After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap is replaced and serves as a natural bandage for the healing process.
How painful is laser eye surgery?
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.
Are you awake during laser eye surgery?
All laser eye surgeries are performed while the patient is awake and reclining. At the start of the procedure the surgeon applies anesthetic drops to numb the eyes and places a lid speculum over each eye to keep them open during the surgery. The whole procedure takes about thirty minutes or less.
What happens during laser eye surgery?
What Happens During LASIK Eye Surgery? During LASIK eye surgery, an instrument called a microkeratome or femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea flap is then painlessly peeled back and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped using another laser.