April 03, 2010

During laser eye surgery are you allowed to blink?

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I have a really hard time staring or keeping my eyes open for more than half a minute. Would laser eye surgery be good for me if this is the case?

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15 Responses to “During laser eye surgery are you allowed to blink?”
  • Justin April 3, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Well, I would say it'd be a good idea to keep your eyes open.
    *If you want to train you eyes, open them in front of a fan and try to keep them open.*

  • stretchwoods April 3, 2010 at 8:25 am

    During laser eye surgery your eyes are numbed and propped open so that they can not close.

  • Eliot K April 3, 2010 at 8:46 am

    The eyes are kept open by surgical instruments. You couldn't blink no matter how hard you tried.

  • andrewmikol April 3, 2010 at 9:10 am

    They keep your eye(s) held open and they numb the muscles in/around your eye(s) so you don't look around and mess up your eye, and they keep your eye(s) lubricated by putting eye drops in, which would be done by blinking otherwise.

    It'll feel weird having your eyes open for that long.

  • Raek E April 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

    they clamp it open, you wont be able to. Its more of a comfort thing - though they numb you. Heres a video that might change your mind!!!


  • neionix April 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You wouldn't be able to blink because your eye would be held open, but they will administer rewetting drops during the procedure. If you have trouble with not blinking, you may have dry-eye. When you go for a consultation, they will test to see if you have dry-eye and give you a prescription for it. People with dry-eye are not good candidates.

  • Isaac April 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

    They use some sort of special tool to keep your eyes open throughout the procedure. Here's a picture of something they might use:


  • i♥TaylorSwift April 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

    yea maybe.. but my grandmother had an eye surgery once. and yeah,she was allovved to blink :)

  • ice road trucker April 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

    they are propped open!! no need to worry

  • Judy B April 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The surgeon uses a device that holds your lids open so that you cannot blink.

  • Spectacle April 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Ok. First they give you some happy drugs that calm you down. Then they do numb your eye with drops, then with injections that you can not see nor feel. They do use a clamp that holds your eye open. Most people have little or no discomfort and have no worries and would do it again all over. So, don't have a panic.

  • Hakim D April 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Blinking is a reflex, I don´t think you can train not to blink. The reflex has to be inhibited by a medicine or your eyes will be held open by any means. I think you have to leave this to the people who will do the operation.

  • zorro_foxygirl April 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You can't because the eyes are numbed with drugs and held open by instruments!

  • Indiana Jones April 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    no you can't blink.
    but don't worry they use a device to hold your eye lids open. (it doesn't' hurt)
    and they numb and paralyze your eye muscles so you can't feel a thing and you don't have to worry about moving your eyes cuz it won't be possible.

  • John @ laser eye surgery October 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    No need to train your eyes in order to leave them open. During the surgery, you can't open your eyes at all,and you don't have to worry too much about it as your eyes would be numbed. Even if it is uncomfortable, the drugs will also help to not think about it too much. Anyway, I would suggest to practice a bit of meditation and focusing on a precise point before the operation.

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