Broadway Eyecare
303 Stonebridge Blvd Suite #1 Saskatoon SK S7T 0C7 (306) 664-2638


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Saskatoon, SK / (306) 653-2993

Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

Is Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

A young lady in a surgical gown lying at the operating table while an eye doctor is operating a scope for eye surgery.

Laser eye surgeries, such as LASIK, PRK, and SMILE, are commonly performed vision correction procedures used to help patients correct refractive issues with their vision.  The surgery is often performed using numbing agents to minimize discomfort.

When you visit Broadway Eyecare, our team of experienced optometrists will happily walk you through the before and after steps of your laser eye surgery.

How to Prepare for Your Laser Eye Surgery

Prior to the laser eye surgery, your eye doctor will want to conduct a thorough examination of your eyes before providing any surgical recommendations. 

This examination will entail:

  • Looking for signs of inflammation, infection, or other ailments 
  • Measuring your cornea and looking for any abnormalities
  • Measuring the quality and quantity of your tears
  • Evaluating your vision
  • Discussing what to expect and how to prepare
  • Preparing you for the recovery process 

During the Procedure

The time to complete the surgery will depend on the type of procedure you are having, but most laser eye surgery options provide vastly improved vision within the same day.. For example, with LASIK eye surgery, you can expect clear vision in as little as 24 hours. 

The surgeon performing your procedure will administer numbing eye drops to alleviate discomfort and provide the best experience possible.

After the procedure 

Post-operative care can vary based on the procedure performed. Broadway Eyecare strives for a patient-friendly experience and will provide all the support they can.

Some common aftercare steps include:

  • Eye drops to prevent dry eyes 
  • Specialty contact lenses that act as bandages
  • Protective eyewear

You can be confident that Broadway Eyecare takes every measure possible to provide a comfortable and stress-free experience.

What are the associated side effects of laser eye surgery?

In most cases, laser eye surgery is completed without any major complications, but, like any surgical procedure, there are risks, and you could experience side effects. 

Some common side effects of laser eye surgery include:

  • Dry eyes.
  • Glare and shadowy vision that may last for a few days
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Mild to moderate discomfort or itching

Some uncommon side effects of laser eye surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Under or over-correction
  • Worsening of vision

Broadway Eyecare is here to guide and assist you through your laser eye surgery, ensuring you are provided with thorough before and aftercare instructions. 

Two clear plastic eye covers and eye drops were used after a LASIK eye surgery.

How to Prevent Discomfort after Laser Eye Surgery?

Your habits in the hours and days after your laser eye surgery can significantly impact how your eyes heal. 

Here are some simple tips that can help prevent discomfort after your laser eye surgery: 

  • Get plenty of rest to allow your eyes time to heal
  • Use dark sunglasses to protect against light sensitivity
  • Avoid any unsterile water getting into your eyes
  • Keep your eyes moisturized with artificial tears

Here are some things to avoid after laser eye surgery:

  • Touching your eyes or contact activities that could put them at risk
  • Not following your doctor’s aftercare plan
  • Not taking your medications as prescribed
  • Skipping follow-up appointments
  • Wearing makeup or lotion that can irritate the eyes during the healing process
  • Entering pools, saunas, lakes, and oceans during the healing process

If any of your symptoms worsen or you experience severe discomfort, you should contact your eye doctor immediately and book an appointment.

What Are the Different Types of Laser Eye Surgery?

After a thorough eye examination, your optometrist will make a recommendation on the type of laser eye surgery that is best suited for your desired result. Laser eye surgery aims to correct refractive issues like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Here Are the 3 Different Types of Surgeries Offered at Broadway Eyecare:

  1. Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

LASIK is one of the most commonly performed laser eye procedures. During the procedure, a corneal flap is created by the surgeon. Lifting the flap exposes the cornea’s middle layer, which is reshaped with the laser to correct the refractive error. The often-quick healing time and clear vision within 24 hours make this one of the most popular laser eye surgeries.

  1. Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK can be a great option for people with thin or irregular corneas, high prescriptions, or dry eyes as it does not require a corneal flap, like in LASIK surgery. 

  1. Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)

SMILE is quick, minimally invasive, requires very little downtime, and offers similar results to LASIK. The surgery entails removing a segment of the corneal thickness through a small incision to correct the refractive error.

Book a Consultation Today

At Broadway Eyecare, our doctors are committed to providing attentive optometric care in Saskatoon and are supported by our friendly staff. Please don’t hesitate to book a laser eye consultation today!

Visit Our Office

Broadway Eyecare is conveniently located on the corner of Broadway & Main Street, just around the corner from Oskayak High School.


Unit #130 616 Main Street
Saskatoon, SK, S7H 0J6

Contact Number

Phone: (306) 653-2993
After Hours Emergencies: 306-371-9911
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 306-653-2995

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed, but we’d be happy to see you at Stonebridge Eyecare, Pinehouse Eyecare, Warman Eyecare, or Brighton Eyecare!
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (with the exception of long weekends)
Sundays: Closed
Holidays & Long Weekends: Closed

We understand that life is busy, and it isn’t always convenient to take time out of your workday to visit your optometrist. To help serve you better, we offer Saturday appointments and have extended hours on Thursdays.

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