What to Expect During LASIK Eye Surgery

Have you ever flinched when an object got too close to your eye? Even people who regularly wear contacts can feel uncomfortable with directly touching the eye—it’s your body’s natural reaction. So when you hear how LASIK eye surgery reshapes the cornea, you may think it’s a painful eye procedure, but it’s not. A LASIK procedure is actually quite painless. To ease our patients’ concerns, the Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK staff has answered some commonly asked questions below.

How Does LASIK Eye Surgery Work?

Dr. Craig Beyer with the Visix Machine

Dr. Craig Beyer


The LASIK technician creates a thin flap in the surface level of the cornea. Once the incision is made, the technician will lift the flap to gain access to the cornea. Reshaping the cornea can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism (refractive error of the eye). The flap will bond to the cornea as part of the recovery process.

Besides traditional LASIK, patients have the option of choosing a bladeless LASIK technique. What’s the difference between LASIK and Bladeless LASIK? It’s the tools used during the procedures.

  • LASIK uses a blade to create a flap.
  • Bladeless LASIK uses laser technology to create a precise and even flap in the surface of the cornea. Common types of bladeless LASIK include IntraLase, Femtec, Visumax, and zLASIK.

How Long Does LASIK Surgery Take?

The description of the LASIK surgery sounds complicated, but the actual procedure takes less than ten minutes per eye. A bladeless LASIK usually comes in contact with the eyes for only 20-50 seconds, and the remainder of the procedure is downtime.

In total, you will be in the office for almost an hour-and-a-half, depending on the amount of correction time and post-procedure follow-up.

Does LASIK Hurt?

No, LASIK is painless. With the help of anesthetic eye drops your eye will be numb, so the only thing you might feel during the procedure is a slight pressure.

In regards to recovery, you may be prescribed artificial tears and mild pain reliever to relieve any discomfort, dryness, or irritation.

To ease your fears about LASIK, we encourage you to talk to one of our optometrists at Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK.

Is LASIK Safe?

In this day and age, LASIK has become one of the most popular elective eye procedures, and it’s going to continue to be in demand because of the range of benefits and the painless experience.

LASIK boasts an excellent safety record. At Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK, our LASIK technicians are highly skilled and trained to operate with LASIK technology. A precise LASIK treatment will result in improved vision and very low risk of post-procedure complications.

What if I Blink During Surgery?

You won’t. LASIK requires certain measures to be taken to ensure our technician can create an even flap in the cornea’s surface. That’s why we use an optical instrument to stop your eyelid from blinking during the surgery. Also, an indented headrest creates a snug fit for your head so you don’t shift too much.

Right before the flap is created, the surgeon will hold your head in position while you focus on the blinking target in front of you. Our state-of-the-art computer system will be tracking all movements of your eye, so we can adjust the blade or laser if the eye flickers.

Contact Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK For More Information

Choosing LASIK surgery is a big step on the road to better vision. Boulder Eyes / Beyer LASIK will walk you through the process, answer your questions, and create a step-by-step recovery plan. Call (303) 499-2020 to set up an appointment to find out if you are a good LASIK candidate.

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