Whichever type of laser eye surgery you opt for – whether that’s LASIK, LASEK or PRK – the procedure to numb your eyes is the same. Eye drops containing an anaesthetic solution are applied to the surface of the eye, with just one drop sufficient to block out all feelings of pain for the time it takes to operate. They get to work within seconds, so you’ll already be numb before surgery begins.
While there’s absolutely no pain, you may feel a sensation of pressure as the surgeon works on your eyes, but while this may be slightly uncomfortable, it won’t hurt.
For most people, it’s similarly straightforward, and pain-free. Some patients do experience slight discomfort in the days immediately following laser eye surgery, and if this affects you, eye drops can provide pain relief while your eyes recover.
You may possibly experience dry eyes, which can be treated with artificial tears.
It’s all very well for health professionals to talk about how simple a procedure is, or that you won’t feel any pain, but it’s often more convincing (and reassuring) to hear the experiences of other patients.
If you’re nervous about laser eye surgery, you’re not the only one!
To discuss any fears or anxieties about going ahead with laser eye surgery, or just to get the ball rolling, why not book a consultation with Mr Barsam? Call us on 020 3369 2020 or fill in our booking form.