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What Does Getting LASIK Feel Like?

The idea of sitting through a LASIK surgery can be nerve-wracking, and we at Visionary Eye Doctors understand. We’re here to make the process as relaxed and comforting as possible, so we assembled answers to the most common questions we receive about what to expect during a LASIK procedure.

How Long Will the Surgery Take?

The LASIK procedure for each eye only takes about 10 to 15 minutes total, and the actual laser time per eye is only about a minute each depending on the severity of your prescription. It is over quite quickly, and you will spend it reclined in a comfortable chair.

Do the Numbing Drops Sting?

Before the procedure begins, a numbing eyedrop will be administered so that you won’t feel any pain. The drops should feel like any other you may use for dry eyes and shouldn’t sting or cause any discomfort themselves.

What if I Need to Blink?

A small instrument called a lid speculum is placed between your eyelids, so you don’t have to worry about blinking during the surgery. Plus, the numbing drops help eliminate the urge to blink, which means you won’t be fighting any impulses.

Will It Hurt To Stare at the Light?

The light you are asked to stare at is not the actual laser. It is only meant to help keep your eye still while the laser does its job. The light is not dangerous and won’t cause any pain.

What Should I Expect During the Laser?

You may experience a slight pressure on the eye when the surgeon applies the microkeratome, the instrument used to create the corneal flap, but it is not painful. You may also notice sounds (the laser’s pulse makes a ticking noise) and smells (some report a burning hair smell as the laser removes corneal tissue). Remember, this portion takes less than a minute per eye so the sensations won’t last long.

How Will My Eyes Be Protected After?

Since there are no stitches involved, a shield will be placed over your eyes to keep you from rubbing or putting pressure on your eye while sleeping. It’s important to keep this shield on to avoid any accidental contact until the flap has fully mended.

We hope this guide helps you feel more confident about moving forward with a LASIK procedure! If you have any other questions or would like to request a consultation, reach out to our team online or call us at (301) 591-1763.