“What if I blink or move my eye during LASIK?”

I always tell LASIK patients that the result of the procedure is not dependent on how good they are at holding their eye still.

Joel Hunter, MD
Joel Hunter, MD
Refractive Surgeon, Hunter Vision Updated 11/24/20 1:55 PM

Retro Mod Woman Blinking One Eye

The last thing I make sure to tell patients before LASIK is that the result of the procedure is not dependent on how good they are at holding their eye still. Everyone secretly (or openly) worries that they will cause a permanent problem by a momentary weakness blinking or moving their eye.

But here’s the secret: everyone blinks! Everyone moves their eyes! I mean 100%, no exceptions, everyone. The procedure is designed so that everyone will get equally good results if they are the twitchiest, blinkiest person alive, or if they are one of those yogis that can control involuntary functions on command and slow their heart rate at will.

The only way to cause a problem during the procedure is to either reach up and start punching at me (although someone did once grab my leg and they did great. I was shaken though...) or to leave and go home during the 10 minutes the procedure takes (no one has done that yet). If you decide to get LASIK with us, I’ll still tell you this before the procedure, but I thought it’d be helpful to know as you do your research.


Author: Joel Hunter, MD is an Ophthalmologist, Refractive Surgeon, and the Founder of Hunter Vision, a LASIK Orlando Clinic in Florida.

A recognized and respected specialist in vision correction who has performed a countless number of refractive surgeries, Joel gives lectures across the country and trains fellow doctors in the newest LASIK surgery techniques.


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