Short term recovery. Directly after the procedure, the patient’s eye may itch, burn and water. The vision may be blurry. However, any pain is minimal, and the patient’s vision will quickly return. In the meantime, the eye surgeon will prescribe eye drops or pain medication to ease whatever discomfort follows the operation. They might tell the patient to wear an eyepatch when they go to sleep until their eye heals up. During that time, the patient regains more and more of their vision. They will also have a follow-up examination with the eye doctor a day or two after they’re surgery.