Does LASIK Hurt? Many patients want this question answered before they
even consider the procedure. Because the eye is a very sensitive area,
people are often wary of having any procedure that involves cutting into
the eye, whether with a blade or with lasers. Fortunately, LASIK involves
very little discomfort.
Because patients are given anesthetic drops to numb the eye, a light pressure
sensation is what most patients notice during surgery. Afterward, some
patients notice temporary uncomfortable sensation that feels like an eyelash
in the eye or tearing, but this generally only lasts only for a few hours.
Most patients find that Tylenol or Advil, combined with plenty of rest,
is sufficient. There are some things a patient can do to minimize discomfort
after the procedure:
- Rest, rest, rest! Sleeping is the best way to heal, and will help to minimize
any postoperative burning or stinging sensation.
- Hands off! To reduce the risk of touching, bumping or rubbing the eyes,
patients should avoid wearing makeup or participating in activities that
would affect the eye area.
- No swimming! Patients should stay out of swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes,
or other water sources for a couple of weeks to avoid contamination.
- Use the prescribed eye drops. Following all postoperative instructions
from your doctor will aid in a patients recovery, and help prevent infections.
- Plan a follow-up visit. Most doctors will ask patients to return for a
postoperative checkup the day after surgery.
So, does LASIK hurt? The short answer is “no.” Once you have
decided that LASIK is for you, be sure to find a surgeon who is knowledgeable
and experienced. Leaders in the eye care field for over fifty years, the
Key-Whitman Eye Center has a dedicated staff, committed to excellence
in patient care. Visit their website for more information, and be sure
to fill out the form to schedule a free consultation.