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What Will I Feel During My LASIK Procedure?

Written by Shannon Wong on December 20, 2019

LASIK in Austin, TXAs new technology continues to sharpen the precision of modern LASIK, it also greatly improves the comfort and convenience of this popular procedure.

When you trust your LASIK surgery to the skilled vision care professionals of Austin Eye, you can be confident that your experience will be simple, satisfying and pain-free. That is because you will find at our locations the most advanced lasers, a kind and compassionate staff and highly regarded laser surgeons who have performed thousands of LASIK vision correction procedures.

Cool and Comfortable

Today’s LASIK instruments generate a cool, precise pulse that reshapes the cornea without pain or even discomfort. In fact, the laser touches the eye for 60 seconds or less in a typical procedure. You may feel slight pressure on the eye for this short period, as the laser separates the cornea from underlying tissue by generating tiny bubbles beneath the surface. This creates a flap that allows your surgeon access to the cornea, which will be reshaped by the laser to ensure that the images it focuses on the retina are razor-sharp.

You may notice brief changes in vision, such as blurring or a dimming sensation, as the surgeon performs the reshaping aspect of the process. The entire procedure will take about a half hour.

LASIK Quick Recovery

With the laser’s precise corneal incision, healing and recovery are quick. There’s no need for stitches or bandages, and your daily routine will be interrupted only briefly. Within a day you will be seeing clearly.

The greatest chance of mild discomfort occurs during recovery. You may feel there is something in your eye, and be tempted to rub the eyes, which could interfere with healing. You may also experience a slight itching or burning sensation for a short period of time. If you are prone to dry eyes, the post-operative period may bring additional dryness.

If you would like to learn more about LASIK, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with one of the board-certified ophthalmologists at Austin Eye. Contact us by calling our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.