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Does having laser hurt?

Laser eye surgery and pain

Laser eye surgery and pain

Q: Does having laser hurt? – Helen

A: Having LASIK is essentially pain free. Generally the only thing felt is a mild grittiness for an hour or so. An alternative procedure, PRK, performed at Northern Beaches Eye Surgery only when a patient is inappropriate for LASIK, causes a moderate degree of pain for 2 days.


  1. Elizabeth McGuire

    Posted on: Friday, 11 November 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hi James
    I am 65 and my long vision is not as sharp as it used to be. I can no longer distinguish the colour of the birds in the trees at a distance. I wear glasses for reading but do not need them for distance yet. Is there anything you can do.

    • drgenge

      Posted on: Friday, 12 December 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Dear Elizabeth,
      Blade-free LASIK is a pain free procedure, post-op discomfort is limited to a mild irritation for a couple of hours. Vision and comfort the next day are excellent.
      Kind regards,

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