No, the LASIK procedure is relatively painless. Although you will be awake during the surgery, your eye will be completely anaesthetized with eye drops. There may be some irritation when the anesthetic wears off. This typically only lasts for 3 - 4 hours. Discomfort lasts 3 - 4 days after surface laser procedures (PRK, LASEK) but drops and temporary soft contact lenses are prescribed to help with this.
Visual recovery is also a little slower. While functional, it takes around 1 week to fully recover (although both intra-LASIK and LASEK take around 2-3 months to finally stabilise).
Most patients only report mild discomfort after RLE and ICL surgery. This is usually brief and easily relieved by mild painkillers such as paracetemol.