Immediately after the procedure, your eye may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain and your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. Both your eyes may tear or water. Your vision will probably be hazy or blurry. You will instinctively want to rub your eye, but don’t! Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment. In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery. if you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse instead of better. You should see your doctor within the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery and at regular intervals after that for at least the first six months.
In the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, be sure to rest your eyes and concentrate on healing. That means no reading, watching TV, watching movies, or computer use. Rather than strain your eyes, do your best to take it easy so the pain and discomfort passes quicker.
Dry eye tends to be a recurrent source of pain and discomfort for weeks and even months after LASIK surgery. To help prevent painful attacks, we recommend that you avoid places that are dry, dusty, or smoky, as these conditions tend to exacerbate dry eye attacks.
In the first days after LASIK, your eyes will be very sensitive to bright lights. When outdoors, be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to help make the sunlight is less harsh on your vision. Stay indoors when possible on very bright days during those first few days after LASIK.