If you’ve been considering having laser eye surgery to improve your vision, you no doubt have a lot of questions. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is one of the most common procedures that our eye surgeons do at Eye Care Professionals. Our expert doctors can answer any and all questions you may have about what to expect.

One of the most common questions we get is “Will it hurt?” It makes sense to ask. After all, most people are very fearful of having their eyes touched. And even the smallest irritant in your eye can really hurt! But don’t worry, in most cases, laser eye surgery is painless. In fact, you’ll stay awake during the procedure. Before your surgery, your surgeon will give you anesthetic drops to numb your eyes. It is possible that you experience a feeling of pressure in your eyes during the procedure, but not everyone does. Your surgeon will use a small blade or laser to cut a flap in your cornea, the outer layer of your eyes. After that, he will use a laser to reshape your eyes. While delicate and precise, it is quick. The entire surgery only takes about 30 minutes. The actual laser procedure usually takes less than a minute per eye!

During your recovery period, you may only experience mild discomfort. That being said, you need to be sure to follow all doctor’s orders or else other complications may arise, including pain. It is paramount that you see the doctor again in a few days, wear your protective eye shield when sleeping the first few nights, take your prescribed eye drops, and get as much rest as possible. When outside, where sunglasses. 

Don’t rub your eyes after the procedure. You should not wear eye makeup or put on any nightly lotions for about two weeks. Avoid driving at night and playing sports for at least a month after your surgery. You’ll want to wait at least a month and perhaps closer to two before you go swimming. Smoky rooms and dusty, windy environments should be avoided too. Call your doctor immediately if you experience more than minor pain or if your vision gets worse instead of better. Severe pain isn’t normal after LASIK surgery.

You’ve been considering having LASIK surgery to improve your vision, but you’re a little unsure. You may be wondering if it will hurt. We’re here to tell you that it won’t, as long as you follow after-care instructions. The most common side effect after laser eye surgery is dry eyes, which we can treat in our office. We offer the Lipiflow treatment for dry eye relief if it persists, but it will probably go away as your eyes fully heal from the surgery.

Eye Care Professionals offers patients the next generation of personalized LASIK treatment, the iDESIGN® Refractive Studio from Johnson & Johnson Vision. This is truly the best of the best! Reach out to us today to learn more about your opportunity to achieve better vision.