Written on Jun 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM by LASIK Guider


As each person is different, the symptoms after can be different for each patient. However, immediately after uncomplicated LASIK procedure, you should expect some very common temporary symptoms that should resolve within a few days either spontaneously or by the use of medications for some time.

Discomfort or Pain after LASIK

Immediately after your LASIK procedure, your may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it for a couple of days. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain. Your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever.

You will instinctively want to rub your eye, but do not. If you rub or bump the eye, the LASIK flap may become dislodged, requiring repositioning and further treatment.

Blurry or Hazy vision after LASIK

Most patients achieve good vision the day of LASIK eye surgery. However, right after the procedure, you should expect your vision to be blurry or hazy for a day or two, do not worry; this is a normal part of the healing process and your vision will gradually clear.

Why your vision is blurry right after LASIK?

The eye drops used before or during cause some blurring. In addition, there is extra water within your after the LASIK treatment, this make you see as if you are looking behind water. In about 4-5 hours, the vision will be clearer.

Why your vision fluctuates after LASIK?

Your eyes need time to heal after LASIK and this time is variable between patients. While your eyes are healing, it is normal for your vision to go back and forth between clear and blurry phases for several weeks. However, vision will continue to improve, and best possible vision can still take two to three months to occur, especially with higher degrees of .

Subconjunctival hemorrhage (blood) after LASIK

The contains many small, fragile blood vessels that are easily ruptured or broken. When this happens, blood leaks into the space between the conjunctiva and sclera (white of the eye). Occasionally, those blood vessels may rupture during LASIK eye surgery, resulting in bleeding under the conjunctiva.

A subconjunctival hemorrhage is a common and relatively minor post-LASIK complication. Photo by Raul654 on July 14, 2005, via Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution.

Do not worry; this is a harmless and self-limited . Like a bruise on the skin, a subconjunctival hemorrhage spontaneously resolves with time. It may take a couple of weeks to resolve completely.

Light Sensitivity, Glare, Starbursts or Haloes around Lights

Just after LASIK, you may feel your eyes irritated when exposed to bright lights indoors or outdoors. Your surgeon will usually recommend that you wear an eye shield for the first few hours after surgery to help your cornea heal and to protect the eye from bright lighting.

In addition, some patients observe a glare, starbursts or haloes around lights after LASIK surgery. In most cases, theses symptoms will fade away over time. However, in some cases, a LASIK enhancement (a second LASIK procedure) may be required to correct this problem.

Finally, it is very important after LASIK eye surgery that you follow the instructions your doctor has given you. Symptoms mentioned above should improve two or three days after LASIK eye surgery. If your symptoms get worse or if you have severe pain, you should contact your doctor immediately.


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Anonymous,  April 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

i did the lasik surgery 4 hours ago and was verry worried for the bloody eye i have in one of my eyes with the blur that is already getting better, but after i read here its ok to have some raptured blood vessels and will heal alone in few weeks, thank you for the information :)

Anonymous,  May 4, 2012 at 1:39 AM  

i also had laser eye earlier today and have a fair amount of broken blood vessels like in the picture. I'm glad to know that it is normal!!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM  

I had lasik 5 days ago here in UK- i had wavefront with intrlase. I have quite bad red lines in both eyes from the suction that was done. my main complaint right now is that my vision is quite blurry really. i cant see anything in the dark at all. Driving would be a no go at night. seeing lot of starbursts from the streetlamps outside. I wonder if the blurring is just due to the eyedrops

Anonymous,  July 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM  

Wish I had read this before I had the procedure as listening to the sales pitch you are expecting to be A OK within 24 hours. Now 2 weeks after procedure I am still a bit blurry after going from close to distance but getting better. They should give you this sort of information when you sign up, not try to tell you all will be clear. I had lost of bleeding behind my cornea too which was terryfying

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