Eyes wide open: “Do I really have to be awake during Laser Eye Surgery?”

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A common concern about Laser Eye Surgery is the idea that, by being awake during the procedure, you are somehow at an increased risk of complications or experiencing pain.

In fact, surveys have shown that this is one of the most common reasons people decide against treatment, before even having an initial consultation. Whilst we can appreciate that being awake during a surgical procedure doesn’t sound like much fun, it’s important to remember that Laser Eye Surgery in expert hands is painless and, moreover, that being conscious during the procedure DOES NOT put you at any risk whatsoever.

Many of our patients tell us that they were pleasantly surprised by how easy and painless the whole Laser Eye Surgery process was — especially the procedure itself.

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To avoid any discomfort, anaesthetic eye drops are applied to the eye prior to surgery. This means you’ll feel very little during the actual procedure. And in the effort to make you feel as comfortable as possible, your laser eye surgeon will communicate with you throughout, explaining the process step-by-step (Our patients often report that our chocolate biscuits and complimentary massage also helped them to relax!)

Of course, one of the most common fears about being awake during Laser Eye Surgery is that you might somehow compromise the procedure by sneezing, coughing, or moving at the wrong moment. However, you can rest assured: at London Vision Clinic, we use only the most up-to-date technology, including a system that tracks the movement of your eye at more than 4,000 times per second. This ensures meticulous accuracy and means that there is virtually nothing you could do to put yourself at risk during the procedure.

You may be surprised to learn that the entire process will take just fifteen minutes or less for both eyes, and has even been described as being more pleasant than going to the dentist! Yet, we do understand that surgery of any kind is a scary prospect, and we’re always happy to discuss your concerns and answer your questions.

Have a Laser Eye Surgery question you’d like to ask the experts? Check out the top 10 most common fears of people considering Laser Eye Surgery. Or, contact our team by sending an email or calling us on 020 7224 1005. 

For 2017, we have updated this article to ‘Quick guide: Laser Eye Surgery and anxiety’

Eyes wide open: “Do I really have to be awake during Laser Eye Surgery?”