How Long Does Laser Eye Surgery Take?

LASIK & Cataract Surgeons serving Gurnee, River Forest & Chicago


LASIK laser eye surgery is a remarkably fast, efficient, and precise procedure. Typically, while your entire appointment may take an hour, the procedure itself is only 5 to 10 minutes per eye. It is not painful, as numbing drops are applied beforehand. Plus, while you will be conscious through the procedure, you will be under sedation so that you will not be anxious.Blonde woman face | LASIK eye surgery | Kirk Eye Center

Patients typically handle the LASIK procedure very well, with their only regret being that they didn't get it done sooner. If you are interested in LASIK vision correction surgery, please contact Kirk Eye Center today at 708-397-8080 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

What Is the LASIK Procedure Like?

During your LASIK procedure, your eyes will be numbed and you will be under conscious sedation. This sedation helps to not only calm any anxiety you may have, but also helps to keep your eyes still during the procedure. The numbing drops help to curb both sensation and the impulse to blink, and a device will be used to hold your eyelids open as well.

People often worry that they will inadvertently move their eyes and interfere with the laser, but you don't need to be concerned about this. Even if your eyes move, the sophisticated laser we use for our LASIK procedures is able to track any movement and adjust accordingly.

While you may experience a brief sensation of pressure as the corneal flap is being made, this sensation does not last long. For the most part, you will only see a bright light that is there for you to focus on, and will not feel anything.

Do You Have to Be Awake During LASIK?

Understandably, many patients are nervous about being awake during laser surgery on their eyes. However, since the procedure itself is so short and painless, there is no real benefit to undergoing general anesthesia during LASIK. General anesthesia has risks that most doctors would prefer to avoid when possible, and conscious sedation is typically enough to calm even the most anxious patient.

LASIK has been around for decades, and has an incredible success rate and patient satisfaction rate. LASIK can treat:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia (age-related vision deterioration)

If you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may still be a candidate for PRK, which is a procedure that predates LASIK. PRK vision correction surgery takes around the same amount of time as LASIK, as it utilizes the same advanced laser system. The difference is that with PRK, the entire surface of the cornea is removed, which means recovery takes longer than with LASIK. However, it is equally as safe and effective, and is a great option for patients who want to achieve better vision but aren't LASIK candidates.

Schedule Your Laser Vision Correction Consultation

If you are interested in correcting your vision so you no longer need to wear glasses or contacts, call Kirk Eye Center today at 708-397-8080 to schedule your complimentary consultation. You can ask us any questions you may have, and learn more about what exactly is involved in laser vision correction surgery.

We serve patients in River Forest, Gurnee, and other nearby areas of greater Chicago.