FACT! You will NEVER experience painful LASIK eye surgery

Hi, it’s Dr. Chotiner from Memorial Eye Institute. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some of them ask me: “Will I experience pain during LASIK eye surgery?”

If you’re concerned about pain, the reality of going through laser treatment is that there is absolutely no pain, both during the procedure and afterwards, and it’s just a matter of lying comfortably on the bed.

I gently talk you through the whole procedure, asking you to look at a light. I put numbing drops in your eye, so you don’t feel a thing.

I use an eyelid holder that gently holds your eyelids, and all I need you to do is to look straight ahead. There’s a green flashing light which I’ll ask you to continue to look at. Most people find this quite easy to do.

Now if you happen to look away or if your eyes move, the ultra-responsive laser either tracks that in real-time, or the laser just stops instantly. Because it knows where you’re looking, the laser will resume the treatment when you again look at the light, continuing as if nothing had happened. It starts again right where it left off. That also applies if you cough or sneeze, which some people worry about.

After LASIK eye treatment, again, there’s no pain. Most patients are very, very relieved and surprised that it was so simple to get through the whole process. Sometimes they’ll even ask me “when will you start?” or “is that all it is?”

In summary, LASIK eye surgery is a pain-free, low-risk surgery with a rapid recovery time and is an extremely accurate way of correcting vision for most people. Please be assured that you’re in expert hands too.

To learn more about LASIK eye surgery and what the procedure entails, please book online for a free virtual vision assessment on our website today.

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I was well taken care of. They took good care of my things. Dr. Erik Chotiner did an excellent job. I am so happy to see quite clearly with my eye that has macular degeneration.
Very happy with all the staff, from check in, check out and nursing in pre op. Amazing. Very clean facility. Dr. Chotiner is so efficient and fast. Would recommend him to everyone.
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Excellent care and personal attention are provided at Memorial Eye. Hats off to Dr. E. Chotiner, nurses and staff for making my experience there so great!
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Service is very complete and professional. Dr. Erik Chotiner was very friendly and able to answer all of my questions. I am very pleased with service and will recommend.
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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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