Does LASIK Hurt?

Dr. Jonathan Woolfson
Does LASIK Hurt?

You’ve been considering LASIK eye surgery for a long time.

For ages, you’ve been hearing from your friends and colleagues all the reasons why you should have the procedure. They talk about their joy in no longer having to wear glasses, their improved appearance, and increased self-confidence.

You know all the benefits. Remember that first time you put on new glasses or contacts, and you saw everything come into sharp focus?

LASIK gives most people better visual acuity than they had with glasses or contacts.

With LASIK you can swim, snorkel, ski, and play ball with perfect vision––no more having to give up the activities you love because glasses or contacts limit your ability.

And it’s the little things too that LASIK provides, like

And much more!

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You know all the reasons why you want to have LASIK, but a nagging fear is holding you back: Is LASIK painful? Does LASIK hurt?

In a word: No.

At the Woolfson Eye Institute, every step in the LASIK process––before, during, and after surgery––is designed to ensure you are comfortable, relaxed, and pain free.

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Before LASIK surgery: What to expect

Before surgery, our LASIK doctor will answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have.

They will evaluate your eyes and vision, and determine a treatment plan that will be converted to a personalized computer dataset for each of your eyes. This tailored approach promotes safety, accuracy, and predictability, which translates to excellent results.

LASIK surgery day: What to expect

On the day of the procedure, you’ll meet with our doctor and go over any last minute details. If you’re nervous, your companion is welcome to join you in the laser room and hold your hand.

If you are especially anxious, you can ask for a sedative. If you relax and listen to what our doctor is saying, you can get through the surgery without the need of a sedative.

But if you should change your mind while the LASIK procedure is underway, tell our doctor, and they can stop at almost any time to give you one, but typically, less than 1% of patients need to do this.

When our doctor is finished with the first eye, they will put some drops in it, check the eye carefully, and then do the same thing on the second eye. You will feel no pain, and the procedure lasts only 10 or 15 minutes. No injections or stitches are required.

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After LASIK surgery: What to expect during the post-op phase

After LASIK surgery, you will sit up, and that’s when the fun begins. I call this, “The Wow Time.” Your vision will be a little blurry due to some fluid on the eye and minor swelling, but you should see a huge improvement in your sight immediately.

The really good news is that a day or two after surgery, your vision should be 20/20 or better, and it will stay that way.

Before you leave, you will be given more anesthetic, and your eye will be numb. We will provide you with eye shields and protective tinted glasses.

Do you feel ready for LASIK?

A lot of fear is based on the unknown, and here at the Woolfson Eye Institute, we want you to be aware of all the steps involved in LASIK, and make sure you have the tools you need to have a successful, stress-free, and painless LASIK experience.

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