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How long does LASIK surgery take?

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LASIK surgery takes very little time. The entire procedure for both eyes is usually completed within 15 minutes.

The first step of LASIK – creating the corneal flap – may take longer that the laser reshaping of the eye (step two).

If the flap is created with a microkeratome, this step takes only a few seconds. But if it's created with a femtosecond laser (in an all-laser LASIK procedure), it may a minute or two.

In most cases, the laser reshaping of the eye takes less than a minute.

The time for LASIK versus PRK procedures are similar. Cataract eye surgery typically requires longer than LASIK, but cataract laser surgery technology is reducing surgical time.

Note: This information is for general education purposes only. It is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice from your eye doctor or refractive surgeon.

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