Many people ask “Is LASIK painful?” before choosing to participate in the vision correction procedure. The answer, which is startling for many, is that there is no pain. Patients may experience some discomfort, but its minor and brief.
LASIK, which stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a well-established and popular vision correction procedure for individuals who are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism. The procedure consists of using an excimer laser or microkeratome to reshape the cornea, the transparent front part of your eye.
The discomfort a patient feels during the procedure is usually during the flap-making portion. In order to create the flap, the surgeon places a suction ring on the eye. This part isn’t painful, but patients sometimes describe the feeling of pressure in their eye as a discomfort. The laser portion of the surgery is usually the easiest part for the patient. The actual laser portion of the treatment only lasts an average of 30 seconds. The surgeon uses an instrument called a speculum to hold the eye open so the patient doesn’t have to worry about blinking. The laser doesn’t cause any discomfort, but some patients do notice a smell similar to that of burnt hair, which is completely normal.
One thing worth mentioning is that some patients say that each eye feels different, experiencing slightly more discomfort in the second eye. The reason for this is usually largely mental. The first eye comes as a bit of a surprise. The patient doesn’t know what to expect and may be experiencing some nerves. Some patients are more relaxed by the time the surgeon gets to the second eye, so they’re paying more attention to how it feels. This is perfectly normal, and nothing for patients to worry about. The discomfort felt in the second eye is still minimal.
Of course, the first step to seeing the results for yourself is to contact a reputable vision correction provider who will thoroughly explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. “Is LASIK painful?” That is a question that LASIK’s many patients will overwhelmingly answer with “no.” Many patients say they would rather undergo a LASIK procedure than take a trip to the dentist. Whether during the procedure or immediately afterwards, the only sustained bad feeling LASIK patients are left with is the feeling of regret for not having gone through with the procedure sooner.
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