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What happens if I blink during laser eye surgery?

Learn more about vision correction

05
Mar
2014

The idea of having laser surgery can be a frightening thought. One of the most common concerns that we hear is whether you will be able to keep your eyes open for long enough, and then what happens if you blink? We would like to take this time to give you some reassurance.

feel the need to close your eyes

We all need to blink to spread lubricating oil across the surface of the eyeball, this is how you prevent your eyes from drying out. Before your treatment starts, you will have already have been given a series of anaesthetic eye drops to numb the surface of the eye. You will have already had chance to experience these drops working their magic at your consultation, so you can rest assured that they really do the trick! The anaesthetic drops take away any feelings on the surface of the eye, so you will not feel that your eyes are drying out, and therefore, you will not feel the need to blink. It will then be quite comfortable to have your eyes open for longer than you normally would.

will not feel the need to close eyes

Also have the reassurance that you will not be able to blink, even if you feel you are doing so. You may experience the sensation of blinking, but we will actually be holding your eyelids open using a small instrument called a speculum. This is a delicate surgical instrument that your surgeon will gently insert underneath your eyelids. Sounds scary? Don’t worry, again the anaesthetic drops mean that you will not feel it being inserted, and they keep your lids securely open throughout the whole of the procedure. Once the treatment has been completed, your surgeon will carefully remove the speculum, you will be able to blink freely and see clearly!

eyes are back to normal after procedure

If there are any other aspects of the treatment that you find daunting, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will find our consultation extremely thorough, and most questions that patients have are answered during your time with us.

Further information regarding laser eye surgery risks and safety can be found here.

By: David Allamby
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