I’ve been assured that laser eye surgery is quick and virtually painless, but my main worry is how I would feel after the surgery. What normally happens after a patient has undergone surgery?


Experiences differ from patient to patient, but in the hours immediately following laser eye surgery, most patients will be advised to rest. Many describe a sensation akin to having sand in their eyes and the eyes may water excessively at first, although any discomfort after laser eye surgery is normally temporary and can be treated with painkillers and eye drops.

It is vital that the eyes are not rubbed for as long as possible and certainly not within the first 24 hours of recovery after laser eye surgery. Within the first day you should expect your eyesight to be blurred, although not as blurred as it might have been without glasses or contact lenses before you underwent surgery. During the healing phase the improvement in eyesight tends to be rapidly noticeable, although there may still be phases of blurred vision. The eyes will feel dry from time to time and at night you are likely to experience a ‘halo’ or ‘starburst’ effect when looking at streetlights.

One week after laser surgery, assuming that the healing process is unaffected, you should expect your new improved sight to have stabilised more or less, although close-up vision may still be slightly different from what you were used to (you may need to hold a book slightly nearer or slightly farther away in order to read) whilst your eyes compensate for the changes brought on by the surgery.

Six months after laser eye surgery, 99% of patients can expect perfect 20/20 vision and no problems with distance or close up vision. Night vision should have improved significantly, although in a few cases the ‘halo’ effect around lights may persist, albeit in a very minor and unobtrusive fashion.

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