One of the most common questions patients ask about LASIK here at Griffin and Reed Eye Care is if LASIK hurts. While the thought of laser eye surgery can seem daunting, the LASIK procedure itself is virtually painless. Your doctor prescribes several medications for your surgery. One of those is a relaxant pill that is taken about thirty minutes before surgery. This medication helps with nervousness and also makes you drowsy so that after surgery you can go home and take a nap.
While you might experience some pressure during the procedure you should not be in pain. Before the procedure begins, numbing drops are placed in your eyes and after the laser reshapes your cornea the flap is replaced and serves as a natural bandage for the healing process to begin. Typically the procedure lasts just a few minutes per eye based on your prescription. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible pre-op, during the procedure and post operatively as well.
You can expect some blurry vision and possibly some haziness, like looking through wax paper, the first 18-24 hours after surgery. You also might experience some light sensitivity or mild itching which will subside during the healing process and is also temporary. Your doctor will prescribe medicated eye drops for discomfort as well as antibiotic and steroid drops.
LASIK eye surgery is the most common vision correction procedure and it’s one of the most common elective surgeries. Since LASIK’s FDA approval in 1999, over 10 million Americans have received treatment and there are about 700,000 additional surgeries every year. At Griffin and Reed Eye Care, we have a highly qualified Team of Doctors and Technicians to guide you through the whole process from start to finish. We are with you every step of the way to seeing clearly and improving your vision, but also your quality of life.