Dry Eyes and LASIK

Dry eyes are one of the most common LASIK complications, affecting nearly 50% of all patients who undergo laser vision correction. Fortunately, this condition is temporary in most LASIK patients and will gradually subside within 6-12 months after surgery. However, a small percentage of patients experience long term dry eye issues which may impact them for the rest of their lives.

Patients who suffer from dry eyes after LASIK fail to produce a sufficient amount of tears to keep their eyes properly lubricated. This is commonly caused by nerve damage to the cornea during laser vision correction. When the corneal flap is created allowing your eye surgeon to reshape your cornea during LASIK, there is a chance the corneal nerves responsible for tear production can be cut, resulting in dry eyes.

Common symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Scratch or sandy feeling in your eyes
  • Stringy discharge from the eyes
  • Heaviness of the eyelids
  • Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Blurred, changing, or decreased vision
  • Periods of excess tearing followed by extended periods of a dry sensation
  • Pain and redness in the eyes

Because dry eyes are such a common LASIK complication, patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome prior to surgery may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. During your consultation, your LASIK surgeon should discuss these risks with you in detail before recommending the ideal procedure to achieve your refractive surgery goals.

Please contact eyes.com today to find an experienced LASIK surgeon in your area.