Quick Answer: Is Laser Eye Surgery Painless?

Is There Any Pain During the Surgery?

The laser procedure is generally painless.

Some patients have reported feeling some slight pressure on their eye while the laser is being applied to it.

The laser treatment itself only takes around 30-40 seconds, so any feeling of discomfort will be minimal and short-lived.

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.

Does laser eye surgery require anesthesia?

LASIK surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes and does not require general anesthesia. The laser that reshapes the cornea typically is on less than one minute per eye. The use of a mild sedative is common with LASIK.

What does Lasik feel like?

Your vision will dim and you may feel the pressure and experience some discomfort during this part of the procedure. Laser energy is focused inside the cornea tissue, creating thousands of small bubbles of gas and water that expand and connect to separate the tissue underneath the cornea surface, creating a flap.

What happens in 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. After the cornea is reshaped so that it can properly focus light onto the retina, the cornea flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete.