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Does laser eye surgery hurt?

The short answer for the vast majority of patients is, no. Due to the anaesthetic drops which are applied before the procedure, laser eye surgery itself is generally pain-free, but following the treatment, patients may feel some discomfort in the early stages of healing. The level of discomfort you experience depends upon the type of surgery you've undergone, but any discomfort will be short-lived, and you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of improved vision within a matter of days.

On the day of your treatment and prior to it, you’ll be given a topical anaesthetic. You’ll be fully awake and conscious during the treatment, and the anaesthetic will make the process virtually pain free.

The name laser eye surgery can be misleading as there’s no actual surgery involved. It’s more of a treatment. The good news is that it takes mere minutes to complete and within a very short space of time you’ll be able to see the world in a completely different, clearer light.

“I found the whole process with Optical Express to be an easy ride. The procedure itself was painless and after a lie down for a few hours back home, my eyesight was 20/20.”

Gemma Baker, 33 – Laser eye surgery patient, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales

Does laser eye surgery hurt?

  • For the vast majority of patients, no, due to anaesthetic drops applied
  • You may feel some discomfort in the early stages of healing – but this will quickly subside
  • Quick, safe treatment means you’ll be able to see clearly in no time

To find out more about our range of laser eye surgery treatments, please call one of our team on 0800 023 2020 where they’ll be more than happy to talk them through with you. Otherwise, you can download one of our laser eye surgery info packs below.


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