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Is LASIK Performed On Both My Eyes The Same Day?

In nearly all cases, LASIK is performed on both eyes the same day at the same appointment time.

LASIK surgery is very safe, and the procedure takes only about 10 minutes per eye, so usually there is no reason to schedule separate surgical times for each eye.

But if you prefer to have LASIK performed on each eye on separate days (generally a week or two apart), most LASIK surgeons will accommodate your desire for this. It's important to know, however, that it may be uncomfortable having one eye corrected and the other eye uncorrected between surgery days, depending on your eyeglass prescription.

An exception to this rule might be if a person is mildly nearsighted in both eyes and also has presbyopia. The patient and surgeon might agree that it's better to have LASIK performed on just one eye in such a situation to create a monovision LASIK correction for presbyopia, which would reduce the need for reading glasses after surgery.

Another exception might be when a person needs a LASIK enhancement procedure performed on just one eye to further sharpen the vision in that eye after a primary LASIK procedure.

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Dr. Vance ThompsonAbout the Author: Vance Thompson, MD, FACS, is the director of refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, S.D. He also is professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine, a leading researcher in technologies for laser and implant vision correction and a member of All About Vision's editorial advisory board.

Page updated September 2016