Dry eyes are one of the most common LASIK complications, impacting roughly 50% of patients who undergo LASIK. In most instances, the condition will gradually subside within 6 months to a year after your procedure. However, there are some rare cases where dry eyes persist as a long term complication that may impact you for years to come.
At Eye Care Specialists, we are extremely thorough during your initial evaluation to detect any possible signs of a predisposition to dry eyes or other LASIK risks. This helps us reduce the likelihood of complications following your procedure. If we believe you are at risk of a serious dry eyes issue, our doctors may recommend a LASIK alternative that would more effectively achieve your vision correction goals.
There are three layers of tear film:
- Outer, oily layer which slows down the evaporation process of your tears
- Middle layer which nurtures your cornea
- Bottom layer which disperses the middle layer throughout the rest of your eye
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the outer or bottom layer degrades in quality, preventing tears from remaining on your eye long enough to accomplish their purpose. If you are prone to dry eye syndrome, you may experience an increased risk of dry eye complications following LASIK.
- Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
- Scratchy or sandy sensation in the eyes
- Pain and redness
- Stringy discharge from your eyes
- Periods of excess tearing followed by extended periods of dryness
- Blurry vision
- Heavy eyelids
If you experience dry eyes after LASIK, our ophthalmologists can help you treat the condition with prescription eye drops, artificial tears, or oral flaxseed oil capsules.