What are the side effects of LASIK surgery?

Common questions about LASIK side effects and pain

Is LASIK Painful?

Not normally.

  • Before the procedure begins, your doctor will numb your eyes with drops that will help eliminate the pain. Some people do feel a tinge of pressure as a flap is being made in the cornea, but pain is rare.
  • Soreness tends to occur in the hours immediately following surgery. The soreness is normally managed through over-the-counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Sensitive Eyes

Question: My eyes are so sensitive that I can't even stand the puff of air when I'm having my eyes tested, let alone allow anyone to touch them. I have nightmares about it. Is LASIK even an option for someone like me?

  • It's not uncommon to squirm at the notion of someone touching your eyes. In fact, it's natural to protect our eyes. That's why when operating on your eyes, our Nebraska Medicine team uses topical numbing medications that help dull these reflexes. We also work hard to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, which lasts only a few minutes.

Question: Despite everything you say, I still feel like I'm far more sensitive than the average person. Are there people like me who are simply too sensitive for LASIK?

  • Nearly everyone assumes that he or she must be more sensitive than average. There's never been a patient in our time practicing who could not get LASIK due to being too sensitive.

Has a LASIK Procedure Ever Caused Complete Blindness?

  • Not once despite millions of procedures across the globe. The risk of your vision being worse after LASIK than it was before the procedure is less than one percent, and most of the issues are correctable with glasses or contacts if needed.

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