Is Laser Eye Surgery painful?

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When it comes to pain, we all have different ideas about how much we can tolerate.

Some people believe they are tough, both physically and mentally, suggesting having a tattoo doesn’t hurt and that they’re able to deal with pretty much anything that comes their way. Others accept they’re just plain wimps — passing out at even the sight of blood and avoiding anything that could cause emotional distress.

But all these ideas often come crashing down when we find ourselves in the situation itself. So you can put up with anything? But you whimper when you have to get up at 3 am to tend to a screaming baby? You fear the pain of needles? But while you were distracted just then I drew your blood without as much as a flinch?

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As you can see, the ideas you have in your mind — cemented over years of convincing yourself — are a lot of the time miles away from how it really is. When faced with the reality of a situation, it can, of course, be much worse than you thought — particularly when it’s something you can’t expect — but more commonly it’s nowhere near as bad.

The painful dread of having surgery

Surgery is something that’s difficult to prepare for, particularly if you don’t have a past experience or reference to draw from for an idea of what it’s going to be like. And for such a specialised procedure like Laser Eye Surgery, it’s easy to think it would be even harder to gauge how you’ll respond and deal with the surgery.

Will you be able to withstand the pressure on your eyes? Or resist blinking and the urge to move? Will it be so painful so that you pass out, flop to the ground, and disrupt the procedure?

For such a new and unfamiliar experience, all these are perfectly reasonable questions; questions that we’ve been asked thousands of times by patients who’ve gone on to have Laser Eye Surgery.

That leads us to reviews: the best source to draw from for support other than your own personal experience. I could sit here all day and talk about how Laser Eye Surgery is a pain-free procedure and how, at worst, you may experience slight pressure on the eye (numbing eye drops take care of everything). However, a much quicker and more effective way to get the message across would be for you to hear it directly from those who’ve experienced it themselves.

So let’s now hear what a few patients who’ve had Laser Eye Surgery have to say. The snippets below are from patients who’ve recently had Laser Eye Surgery at our clinic on Harley Street and published a review of their experience on TrustPilot.

Jennifer, 25th November 2016

“Professor Reinstein performed the ReLEx ‘Keyhole Lasik’ procedure in April.I experienced only minor discomfort (not pain) during the procedure. Prof. Reinstein talks you through the whole process (and reminds you to breathe!) which is very reassuring.

Sally, Published 15 November 2016

“From the moment I went into the room to the moment I walked out was about 15 minutes and the surgery itself took about 5 minutes for both eyes – no pain, no smell, no discomfort. All very hi-tech and everything is explained as it is done. It is over before you know it.”

Catherine, 18th October 2016

“I’m over the moon with the results. Needed reading glasses all the time now I’m totally free of them. I would highly recommend this clinic the staff and surgeon did a fantastic job. Totally painless no need to worry.”

As one of the most popular elective procedures in the world, there are countless Laser Eye Surgery reviews and testimonials to help you get a pretty clear idea of what the experience will be like. However, the only way to really know is to have a consultation, and subsequently, experience it for yourself. Chances are you’ll be amazed.

Ask us a question in the comments below, or if you’d like to book a consultation, contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators. 

Is Laser Eye Surgery painful?

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