What To Expect After LASIK Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is a safe procedure that allows you to see clearly without the hassle of contact lenses or glasses, improving overall quality of life for suitable candidates. Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you may be wondering what to expect after the procedure. EyeSight Hawaii outlines preparation and post-operative instructions that help with expectations after LASIK surgery at our Honolulu office:

Getting Ready for Surgery Day

  1. Eye drops will be prescribed to a pharmacy of choice. You will be asked to bring them with you on the day of your surgery. Eye drops are essential to the healing process. Make sure that you use them as instructed.
  2. Driving. It is recommended you do not drive until your vision and balance between the two eyes are good enough to drive.
  3. Eye Make-Up. Please do not wear any eye make-up on surgery day and for at least 3 days after surgery, unless advised otherwise.

For the safe treatment of our patients, there are LASIK pre-operative instructions that MUST be followed. Click here for those set of instructions.

Going Home After LASIK Surgery

  1. Please go directly home and rest after LASIK surgery. You will feel best if you sleep for a few hours. If you are employed, you may need to take 1-2 days off from work.
  2. You may experience some discomfort on the evening of the surgery and possibly over the next few days. There may be a burning sensation and it may feel like sand or an eyelash in your eye(s). You may notice red spots on the white part of your eyes. These are normal after having refractive surgery.
  3. Your vision may not be clear the day after LASIK surgery. The vision is usually quite blurry initially and will fluctuate for several weeks.
  4. Bathing. On the day of surgery, be careful while bathing or showering. Protect the eye(s) from soap and do not spray water directly into your face. It is best to gently pat or wash around your eye(s) with a clean face cloth. Do not apply pressure to your eyelid.
  5. Your eye(s) will probably be tearing for the first day or two. Keep a tissue handy. Hand-washing is important. Do not rub your eye(s). Lubricant drops may relieve an itchy eye(s).

Post-Operative Instructions

  1. Your eye(s) may be sensitive to light for 1-2 days.
  2. UV protection sunglasses must be worn when in bright daylight for the first month following surgery.
  3. Reading is acceptable, but if you read or watch television excessively, you may experience eye fatigue. This may be uncomfortable, but does not harm the eye(s).
  4. Avoid going in the ocean, pool and hot tubs for one week. It is advised that no water go into your eyes. This will decrease the risk of infection.
  5. Avoid sports or hobbies (e.g., surfing, basketball) where you may be accidentally hit in the eye for one month after LASIK .
  6. Shield. You will be given plastic eye shields. We ask that you wear them over the operated eye(s) for seven (7) nights when you sleep. This will protect your eye(s) from inadvertently rubbing or other trauma when you are sleeping.

Special Instructions for Having Only One Eye Done

  1. Depth perception will be affected if you only had one eye treated. Pay special care in pouring hot beverages and other activities.
  2. If you had only one eye treated and wear glasses, you may want to remove the lens from the operated side. If you wish to have plain glass put in the frame for balance or for cosmetic reasons, most optical stores should provide this service for a nominal fee.


If any symptoms listed occur after LASIK surgery, please call our office immediately for advice and instructions.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Visual Decline 
  • Light Sensitivity

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a Complimentary LASIK consultation, please contact our office at 808-735-1935 and we would be happy to assist you.