When it comes to laser eye surgery, many people think of needle poking through their eyes and laser beams burning holes through them. Let’s first learn what a laser eye surgery is. Laser surgery is a type of surgery that is done to correct poor vision. This surgery does not involve any needles nor burning since the laser beam is cold.
Before the laser eye surgery is done, patients don’t feel any pain since anesthetic drops are put in the eye to make it numb. By the time the doctor clamps the eyelids open, the anesthetic will have already taken effect.
Some patients find it scary and uncomfortable having clamps on their eyelids, but the best thing is they should relax diamond vision
During the surgery, the procedure is painless since the anesthetic will be in full effect, and the eye would be completely numb by that time, sometimes patients feel slight pressure during laser application, but the feeling is usually minimal since the treatment takes about 30 – 40 seconds.
After the surgery, patients have reported a variety of experiences depending on the type of surgery they went through, for example, the PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASEK (Laser epithelial keratomileusis) patients experience a mild stinging sensation.
In contrast, for other patients, their pain is moderate, and for the PRK patients, the discomfort stops after the closure of the epithelium. In contrast, LASEK patients find that their recovery period is concise.
Therefore the healing process of the LASEK patients is easier because the corneal flap heals quickly and you will regain your diamond vision faster. Most of the patients may experience mild stinging and dryness, and that is at its worst.
Patients are advised not to worry when going to face the surgery because, in general, the surgery does not hurt. Still, in case of any fears, one is advised to talk to their surgeon to help them through by discussing all the stage procedures to know what to expect.