Common symptoms after laser eye surgery

Pain or discomfort

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.

Blurred or hazy vision

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.

Glare and light sensitivity

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. You should plan on taking a few days off from work until these symptoms subside.

You should contact your doctor immediately and not wait for your scheduled visit, if you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse instead of better.

Distortion of vision

Following treatment of the first eye, there will be a focusing difference between the two eyes. This may also cause tension headaches. These symptoms settle with treatment of the second eye.

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