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Is LASIK Painful?


Does LASIK hurt?

LASIK eye surgery isn’t significantly painful, but mild discomfort is common. You will feel pressure on your eye during the procedure, but eye drops are used to numb your eye and reduce pain. If needed, your surgeon can give you medication to help you relax during the procedure. You may feel temporary discomfort and sensitivity to light after your surgery, but it’s extremely rare to feel significant pain.


Will my eyes hurt after surgery?

Pain or discomfort after surgery is usually minimal. Some patients experience mild stinging or itching as their corneas heal, but this is very mild. It’s also common for your eyes to water after surgery. Significant pain after LASIK eye surgery is not normal.

Here is a helpful list of tips to minimize your discomfort after LASIK eye surgery:

  • Give your eyes plenty of rest
  • Use eye drops as directed
  • Wear eye guards as directed
  • Protect your eyes from the sun
  • Avoid dry or dusty areas
  • Don’t touch or itch your eyes
  • Don’t use makeup, creams, lotions or perfumes for two weeks after surgery


How safe is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery is an extremely safe procedure. The risk of sight-threatening complications is very low. During your free evaluation, your surgeon will discuss your specific risks based on your eye anatomy and refractive errors.

From the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons:

“LASIK’s safety and effectiveness have been demonstrated in extensive studies conducted repeatedly over the past 20 years, involving thousands of patients and ever-improving technology. Multiple peer-reviewed studies published in medical journals show that more than 95 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their results. They also report that for the few patients who experience dry eye and night vision issues, the majority of their side effects resolve over time. Long-term LASIK side effects are extremely rare.”



Will I be awake during my surgery?

Yes. You will be awake during the procedure, but we administer valium to help you relax. Numbing eye drops are also used before the procedure to prevent pain.


What if I blink during the procedure?

Blinking or moving during LASIK eye surgery is not a problem you need to worry about. Your head will be stabilized, and a small device is set up to keep your eyelids open during the procedure. The numbing eye drops also reduce your natural urge to blink.


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Call (614) 215-9014 to schedule a free LASIK evaluation at Columbus Laser & Cataract Center and find out how LASIK eye surgery can benefit you.

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