Laser vision correction is conducted with local anesthesia as an outpatient. Depending upon the patient’s chosen method, he may feel less or more, but either way a short duration of discomfort. None of the laser eye correction methods include any great degree of pain DURING the operation.
The first phase of the operation always looks the same: precise preparation of the surgical area. The patient’s face is specially cleaned with a disinfectant solution, and his eyes are numbed with eye drops. The patient’s eyelids are painlessly immobilized with clamps. The following steps depend upon the chosen method. The procedure progresses differently for each approach, similarly as the progress toward normal functioning and full sharpness of vision.
After the laser eye surgery, some pain may appear, which can be addressed by normal painkillers.
Immediately following the FemtoLASIK method, the patient can observe, that he sees clearly, yet the eyes should be protected for the remainder of the day. After the operation using the FemtoLASIK, the patient may feel certain discomfort associated with burning or stinging in the eye. The regeneration of the cornea lasts several hours and a patient can see very clearly the day following the procedure.
In the case of the Trans-PRK smart surFace method, it takes 4-5 days for the vision to recover, and ideal vision is recovered after 3-4 months. In rare cases, treated patients complain that the healing process is sometimes a little painful, and some patients also experience a sense of corneal haze/scarring (haze effect). This usually causes a temporary deterioration of vision. Eye drops help in this case for a short time, however, this blurriness is not permanent. It is essential that following the procedure, the patient returns for the scheduled follow-up visit with the ophthalmologist.
In the case of the LASEK/PRK method, the patient notices an improvement in vision, but the eyes should be protected for the rest of the day. Cell regeneration following the operation occurs within the first 2-3 days and can cause severe pain, because the upper layer of the cornea is removed. Pain can be relieved with painkillers. It is important to remember that the vision quality may change during the first weeks and months following the procedure.