What To Expect After Laser Eye Surgery

The prospect of having laser eye surgery can be a daunting one but did you know you could be back to work the very next day? There are many types of laser eye surgery procedures so it is important to note, recovery differs greatly between each type.

Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Time

LASIK is a very common type of laser eye surgery and it has the massive advantage of allowing you to be fit for work the very next day. Special care should be taken for the first week but this shouldn’t affect your day-to-day life. You can read more about LASIK post-surgery care here.

The recovery time for PRK, Laser Blended Vision Correction, Refractive Lens Exchange, Premium Lens Implant and Phakic Implant Surgery varies person-to-person but it does takes longer than LASIK. We recommend you plan to have a week away from your normal schedule after PRK.

Cataract surgery recovery time also varies however those choosing more advanced refractive premium implants, especially multifocal lenses, may find it could take 2-3 months to completely reach their final visual outcome. Some people may heal quicker or slower than others.

Will I Feel Any Discomfort Or Pain?

The most common question we get asked is “does laser eye surgery hurt?”. The answer is no, the laser eye surgery procedure does not hurt (numbing drops are used to prevent this), however there are some things you may experience during your recovery.

  • Dryness of the eyes is possible following any type of eye surgery. If you experience dry eye symptoms already, then it is more likely you will experience increased dryness during the first few weeks after surgery and using moisturizing drops is key to recovery.
  • You might feel some burning, or a sensation similar to having an eyelash in your eye for a few days during the initial healing but you can think of this as being no different to the sensation you may feel for a few days after a scraped knee or small cut.
  • As the cornea heals, you may experience some halos and starbursts. This is a normal side-effect that for the majority of patients, passes within a few months if not sooner.

We take pride in looking after our clients before, during and after surgery. We, of course, believe we perform the best laser eye surgery Vancouver has to offer, but you can read some of our client testimonials to find out about our client’s experiences.

If you have any questions, contact us to book a free consultation and we will happily talk you through the whole process.