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’re tough, suggesting they could walk on burning coals 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 even a hint of emotional distress.

But whatever ideas you have about pain often come crashing down when you find yourself 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 even as much as a flinch?

As you can see, the ideas you have in your head — often cemented over years of convincing yourself — are a lot of the time miles away from how things really are.

This means that when faced with the reality of a situation, things can either be a shock and much worse than you thought — particularly when it’s something you don’t expect. But more commonly, and as is the case with Laser Eye Surgery, they’re nowhere near as bad.

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The painful dread of having surgery

Surgery is something that’s difficult to prepare for, even if have a past experience or reference to draw from for an idea of what it’s going to be like. And when it comes to 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 it.

Will you be able to withstand the pressure on your eyes? Or resist blinking and the urge to move? Will you even get over the cringiness of someone getting close to your peepers? Will it be so painful so that you pass out, flop to the ground, and ruin the whole thing?

For such a new and unfamiliar experience, all these are perfectly reasonable questions; questions that we’ve been asked thousands and thousands of times by many people who already knew what the answers were and were planning anyway to have Laser Eye Surgery.

That leads us to the power of reviews. Reviews of previous patients are the best source to draw from for answers because they get the message across in a way we never could.

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 you to see the reality 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. The snippets below are from patients who’ve recently had Laser Eye Surgery at our clinic on Harley Street and published an independent review of their experience on TrustPilot.

The pain-free reality of Laser Eye Surgery

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 good 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.

If you have any concerns about pain or discomfort during Laser Eye Surgery, feel free to ask us a question in the comments below or contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators. 

Is Laser Eye Surgery painful?

4 Comments
  1. A Lockhart 15/05/2019 at 19:37

    How long do results last following lazer eye surgery?
    What are the side effects?
    What are the long term effects?

    • Chloe Lay 28/05/2019 at 09:09

      Hi there,
      The effects of laser treatment are permanent. The eye is an ever-evolving part of the body and due to a person’s unique physiology, this changes over time.
      If you would like further information, we recommend that you download our UK Guide to Laser Eye Surgery. If you would prefer to chat with someone about other questions, please call to speak with a Patient Care Coordinator on 020 7224 1005.

      Best wishes,
      London Vision Clinic

  2. Daniel 08/10/2019 at 23:51

    I’m glad to hear that the surgery is painless but can someone with nystagmus have it to fox short sightedness.

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