Dry Eye and LASIK

by: Advanced Laser | September 24, 2012

Oklahoma City Dry Eye after LASIKLASIK is an incredibly safe and effective treatment in the correction of vision flaws, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The majority of our Oklahoma City LASIK patients will achieve 20/40 or better vision. Many of our patients who undergo LASIK achieve 20/20 vision, with any negative side-effects resulting from surgery being only temporary.

One of the most common side-effects associated with LASIK is dry eye. In fact, almost half of all patients who undergo LASIK will experience some degree of dry eye. For the majority of our LASIK patients in Oklahoma City, dry eye is only temporary. Rarely, patients may experience side-effects that persist for months or even years after their LASIK surgery. Most of the time, our patients experience a tapering off of dry eye within a few days or a couple of weeks of their surgery. To ensure the best possible outcome, our Oklahoma City eye doctor carefully screens each patient before approving his or her LASIK surgery. Healing of the corneal flap can be slowed by dry eye. Because of this, it is incredibly important to minimize the risk of dry eye. Patients who are at an increased risk of developing dry eye or who are currently experiencing chronic dry eye may benefit from alternative vision correction treatments. To determine which treatment is best suited to your unique eye needs, please schedule an appointment at Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today.

Dry Eye and LASIK: Risk Factors

Factors that put Oklahoma City LASIK patients at an increased risk of developing dry eye after surgery include:

  • Taking medications that contribute to dry eye, such as antihistamines
  • Living in a dry environment
  • Being exposed to dry air often, such as air-conditioned or heated rooms
  • Post-menopausal woman have an increased risk of developing dry eye
  • Older patients have an increased risk of developing dry eye

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Most patients will suffer from dry eye after LASIK for only a short period of time. Some of the symptoms of dry eye are:

  • Fluctuating vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning and stinging in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing of the eyes
  • Itchy, irritated eyes
  • Crusting around the eyes
  • Eyes that are unable to tolerate even the smallest amount of smoke, wind, or dryness

Why Does Dry Eye Occur after LASIK?

Dry eye after LASIK can occur in any patient who undergoes the LASIK procedure, even patients who have never suffered from dry eye in the past. It is believed that dry eye after LASIK occurs from the creation of the corneal flap. During this process, the corneal nerves are damaged. This damage to the corneal nerves is thought to interrupt the normal nerve impulses that control tear production. During the healing period, dry eye can result. Once the corneal flap has completely healed, the vast majority of our Oklahoma City LASIK patients no longer experience symptoms of dry eye.

To Learn More, Contact Us

To learn more about the benefits and side-effects of LASIK, or to schedule a personal consultation, please contact Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.