Can You Have LASIK if You Have Dry Eyes?
The LASIK procedure may cause many patients to experience dry eye symptoms after their surgery. This is especially true if the patient experienced dry eyes before LASIK. But why do so many patients experience LASIK and dry eyes?
The first step of the LASIK procedure in Cheasapeke, Virginia Beach is the creation of a thin, corneal flap. This flap allows Our Doctors to apply laser pulses to the underlying corneal tissue to reshape it in order to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. When the flap is created, the very fine corneal nerves may be severed. These nerves detect how wet the eye is and signal the lacrimal gland to produce tears. So, sometimes, the temporary interruption of the corneal nerve impulses can cause a lesser number of tears to be produced, resulting in dry eyes after LASIK.
Most patients will have a resolution of dry eye symptoms within a few months of having their LASIK procedure. In some extreme cases, symptoms may persist for an extended period of time. All LASIK patients will need to use lubricating drops frequently during the first few weeks after their LASIK surgery. Other measures are occasionally necessary to improve comfort and visual clarity. These include the use of oral Omega 3 supplements, punctal plugs and prescription eye drops such as Restasis.
During a LASIK consultation in Cheasapeke, Virginia Beach, it is important to disclose any symptoms you may have of dry eyes and to disclose any medications you are taking that might predispose you to dry eyes after your LASIK procedure. Our Doctors can then take the necessary steps to prepare you for your LASIK procedure and minimize the severity of LASIK and dry eyes. Working together with Our Doctors will maximize your chances of a smooth post-operative course and allow you to obtain the best possible results from your LASIK procedure. Contact Tidewater Eye at 757-483-0400 or website to schedule your LASIK appointment today!