The eye is numbed with eye drops prior to the procedure; therefore you will not feel pain during the procedure. The amount of pain individuals experience following their procedure is quite variable; some say it is minor and some find it severe. Soft contact lenses are placed to protect the corneal surface and minimize pain while the epithelium heals. Oral pain medications are prescribed to manage the pain, but not all patients need them. Most patients feel more comfortable the day after the procedure and any residual discomfort resolves quickly during the next few days.