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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it painful to have lasik eye surgery?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
No: Lasik is performed after administrating numbing drops. Patients feel some pressure during the creation of the flap. It is possible to have a scratchy, foreign body sensation for a couple of hours after surgery, which can be relieved with tylenol (acetaminophen). Most patients say it was so easy to go through that had they know that they would have had it sooner.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu commented
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
LASIK is a very comfortable procedure for most patients.
Oct 12, 2011
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
There should be no discomfort during LASIK at all. Recovery is fast and there is little downtime.
Oct 19, 2011
Dr. Mark Golden
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
No pain with LASIK: Before the lasik procedure, numbing drops are used so that there is no pain during surgery. My lasik patients receive a sedative and then go to sleep during their healing period postoperatively. By the time that they wake up from their nap 3-4 hours later, enough healing has happened that there is no discomfort. There can be a foreign body sensation if you do not sleep for a few hours.
Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Not like the past: Twenty years ago when i had my eyes treated it was about 11/10 for pain. Today by pretreating with non steroidal anti inflammatory drops ( like Motrin or Ibuprofen for the eye) along with other analgesics and (narcotics in rare cases) the pain is typically rated as no worse than 3/10 for the average patient. Your eyemd can provide soothing eyedrops for the first night or two also.
Dr. Mark Golden
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
LASIK does not hurt: The lasik process in of itself is not painful and most patients have no complaint of pain at any time. Some who do not fall asleep in the first few hours after their procedure do have some discomfort for a few hours, but it is mild and short-term.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
No: No. There is no pain before, during, or after lasik surgery. Sone irritation or scratchiness may be experienced for the fist 1-2 days postop.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of having lasik eye surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
LASIK risks: Lasik risks = need for touchup, dry eye, glare & haloes, corneal scarring, infection, decreased vision, possible need for contact lens or additional corneal surgery. These risks are uncommon and lasik is one of the safest and most common elective procedures performed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is lasik eye surgery worth it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Yes. Lasik is less expensive and safer than long term contact lens wear. It also avoids costs related to glasses/frames and contact lenses/solution/cases/etc.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is lasik eye surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Carlin
Ophthalmology 51 years experience
It is quite safe.: Though there are obviously complications with any surgery, they are rare with lasik eye surgery. The vast majority of people do very well.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How effective is lasik eye surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Very successful: As long as you have appropriate expectations, and don't have abnormal cornea or certain systemic diseases especially immunologic disease.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How accurate is lasik eye surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Extremely so: Lasik surgery is extremely accurate. See www.Pubmed.Com or fda trial information online for more details.

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