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What if I move, Blink or sneeze during Lasik?

January 11, 2021

This is quite common apprehension for any surgical procedure, what if the treatment doesn’t go as the way it was planned. In case of Lasik, what can happen if I move, blink or sneeze during the procedure? To answer all your apprehensions, we came to a thought of writing this article.

What is Lasik?

Lasik surgery is a corrective procedure for eye power defects like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For normal vision, cornea is bent in such a way that it refracts light on to the retina resulting in a clear image. Due to various reasons when cornea shape is altered, it leads to a blurry image.

During Lasik surgery procedure, A special type of  laser is used to reshape the cornea. Although eye glasses and contact lenses provide the same function, but Lasik provides a kind of permanent solution and you can get an improved vision without the use of eye glasses.

Lasik Procedure

Lasik is a very short procedure of 20 minutes. You lie back on the reclining chair and a numbing eye drop is placed in your eye. A suction ring is placed and your eye doctor with the help of femto and excimer laser, raises a flap and by a programmed laser, your eye surgeon reshapes the part of defective cornea. After reshaping of cornea, the flap is placed back. Flap heals by itself, without any stitches.

What if I blink?

To answer this, before the Lasik procedure, as we mentioned, a numbing eye drop is placed and suction is placed. So stop worrying about blinking, as there will not be a possibility for you to blink. Moreover a special instrument by way of a lid speculum is used to keep your eyes open. Combination of eye drop and device helps you to have a smooth experience.

What if I sneeze?

Understand that it is a very short duration and routine procedure. Most of 20 minutes time is used in preparation and planning of surgery and laser is used only for few seconds in each eye. Now if you are worried for sneezing in that small period, that’s highly unlikely. Laser fixed on the eye is for very brief period.

What if I move?

We know one thing for sure that you and your eyes will show some kind of movement, so when we talk about Lasik, it has an advanced eye tracking system which is always fixed and positioned on the eye. If you sneeze, move or blink, laser will stop and wait and compensate for the readjustment and will start its work after reaching the correct position.

To summarize your apprehensions, shortest answer to your worries is that sneezing, blinking and moving does not have any effect on the surgery outcome.

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