Can You Blink During LASEK?

  • March 17, 2019

Many people who are considering LASEK eye surgery express various concerns. One of the most common questions we hear is, “What if I blink during my procedure?” The prospect of blinking or moving the eyes during LASEK or any other laser vision correction procedure is one of the most common concerns potential candidates have. Fortunately, the use of advanced technology and other precautions taken during treatment should alleviate these concerns.

There is nothing that a patient can do to mess up their LASEK procedure. Our laser uses a sophisticated tracking system that measures the position of your eye a thousand times per second. It follows your eye at the same speed and is therefore always perfectly centered. If the eye happens to make rapid movements, the laser will automatically turn off and start again once the eye stops. We can also turn the laser off manually if needed.

Numbing drops are administered before the treatment to enhance your comfort and to reduce the chances of eye movement during surgery. During the procedure, the eyelids are held open with a small medical device to prevent blinking. It is therefore impossible for you to close your eye or blink during the procedure. We keep the surface of your eye lubricated with drops, so your eye does not get dry, and you will not feel the need to blink. Additionally, our team takes a number of steps to ensure you are in a comfortable position during treatment. Remember, LASEK takes just a few minutes to complete and multiple safeguards are in place to reduce the chances of complications.

LASEK surgery is the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today, and for good reason. Ongoing advancements in laser technology and ophthalmology have made way for safe and successful surgeries with better visual outcomes. At BoozmanHof in Rogers, our doctors utilize the latest advancements in LASEK surgery to offer patients the best possible vision correction experience. To schedule a LASEK consultation, contact us today at 800-428-3937 or boozmanhof.com.