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A 48-year-old member asked:

Is laser eye surgery painful?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
LASIK is not: Lasik is popular due to the fact that it does not cause almost any pain. Prk can be painful for up to a week. There are other laser eye surgeries - did you have any of them in mind?
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Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No it is Not: Lasik eye surgery only takes around 15 minutes per eye. Your procedure will begin with topical anesthetic drops used to numb your eyes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be given a sedative to keep you relaxed.
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Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham commented
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Depending on what laser surgery you are talking about. Most haveonimsl discomfort. Some laser treatments for diabetics can be uncomfortable.
Mar 8, 2013
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Depends: Depending on what laser surgery you are talking about. Most have minimal to no discomfort. Some laser treatments for diabetics can be uncomfortable and lead to a head ache or eye throb for a few hours afterwards.
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Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 47 years experience
No: Your eye is numbed with drops during the operation, so you do not feel pain. You may have some irritation or sandy feeling for several hours after the procedure is done. But most patients are pleasantly surprised by how easy the whole experience typically is.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can laser eye surgery cause pain during the process?

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Dr. Pablo Cuevas
Prosthodontics 36 years experience
Yes: It is surgery of the eye. The good news is that a local anesthetic can be used in dropper form to numb your eye. The worst part it the small spring contraption that is used to hold your eyelids apart during the short surgery.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How successful is laser eye surgery?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Genererally excellen: Lasik surgery (and prk) produces excellent visual results with a success rate approaching 100%. There are a few minor issues like eye dryness but this can be dealt with. Discuss your personal situation with your eye lasik surgeon to see what is best for you.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Who is not a candidate for laser eye surgery?

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Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 30 years experience
Requires high skill: Lasers can make complicated procedures seem very easy. Although complications are rare, treating delicate areas like the eye with a laser requires a lot of training and experience. You are mostly paying for the surgeon's skill. Also quality equipment is very expensive the doctor has to pay more than most people pay for a house to purchase a laser. Consumable costs are also very high.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some complications of laser eye surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Very Few: While laser eye surgery (lasik, prk) is very safe, there can rarley be complications that may affect vision. Most commonly, the eye may not achieve perfect vision, and an enhancement may be needed later. Dry eyes can occur and last for several months, and small abrasions may be present for a few days. More rarely, surface skin can sometimes grow under the flap, causing blurred vision.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is laser eye surgery worth it?

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Dr. Mark Suggs
38 years experience
Depends: While laser eye surgery is an alternative to glasses or contacts, this is a personal question. I perform laser eye surgery every week and frequently hear that it was the best decision that the patient ever made. Often ranked with child birth as far as gratification. On the other hand, there are patients that are happy with their contacts and glasses, choosing not to have the procedure.
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