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What does LASIK feel like?

It’s natural to be fearful before LASIK surgery; after all, your surgeon will be operating on one of the most sensitive parts of your body. But the more you educate yourself about the procedure and read accounts of the surgery the less likely it is you’ll be held back by these fears. Learn more about what to expect during LASIK at our New Jersey office below.

Preparing for the Surgery

First you will be asked to lie down on an exam chair. A technician will place numbing drops in your eyes and then clean your eyes. This part of the process is pain free and not too uncomfortable.

Next a technician will place a speculum on your eyes to hold your eyelids open. This is one of the aspects of LASIK that tends to frighten people, but rest assured, the numbing drops ensure that your eyes will not dry out while the speculum is in place. You will not feel the overwhelming need to blink that you normally feel.

During Surgery

The LASIK procedure does not usually take more than 30 minutes. The procedure begins with the creation of a corneal flap. The flap can be created with a microkeratome or with an Intralase laser, with either method you can expect to feel pressure and your vision will dim. Your vision will likely be blurry for the rest of the procedure.

After the flap is created and lifted, your LASIK surgeon will position the laser over your eye and ask you to keep your eyes focused on the light. The light is not actually the laser itself, it just helps keep your eyes fixed. When your surgeon starts the laser treatment you will see, hear, and smell several things. The laser ticks during treatment, and as it shapes the cornea you may start to smell burning tissue.

The laser is programmed to shape a precise amount of tissue on your cornea, and there is not much you can do to negatively affect results. Many patients fear that they will be unable to focus on a fixed object long enough during treatment, but advanced laser technology allows the laser to compensate for small movements of the eye, so there is nothing to be too concerned with.

After Surgery

Immediately after surgery a shield will be placed over your eyes to protect them from outside elements. Your eyes may burn or itch and you may feel the need to rub them. It is important that you leave your eyes alone; if you rub them you may dislodge the corneal flap. After the procedure you should go home and rest immediately.