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Dry Eyes After LASIK Surgery: What You Need to Know

Dry Eyes After LASIK Surgery: What You Need to Know

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Vision is one of the most precious gifts we have, and there’s only so much we can do to improve weak eyesight. Fortunately, medical advancements have brought a remedy in the form of LASIK surgery, a method in which the cornea is reshaped with the help of a laser. 

While the procedure yields positive results and is safe for the most part, dry eyes after LASIK could be a major concern. So, having some insight about this potential side effect will likely help you make an informed decision. So, what exactly causes dry eyes after LASIK and what to expect from the procedure are among the many things discussed in the following read. 

Exploring Lasik Surgery

Let’s start with the basics to understand the relationship between LASIK and dry eyes. For starters, the surgery might not be for everyone, so it is important to consult a proper ophthalmologist. You will be deemed a suitable candidate once you fulfill the following criteria: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Stable prescription for at least two or three years 
  • Stable vision for the past year or more
  • No sign of a corneal illness or severe medical 
  • Not a nursing mother
  • No sign of dry eyes

If you are fit, the doctor will prescribe LASIK surgery. The first step is to numb your eyes using anesthetic drops. An eyelid holder will be set in place to prevent blinking or any movement whatsoever. Now, a highly concentrated beam of light will be focused directly into the cornea to reshape it, which should rejuvenate your eyesight. 

What causes dry eyes after LASIK surgery?


Dry eyes after LASIK surgery are unlikely to appear, but if you are facing any trouble, the following reasons are to blame: 

  • The laser used in the surgery causes a small incision in the corneal tissue, which also alters the nerves inside. Hence, it can reduce eye sensitivity to the point where fewer tears are produced, creating a moisture deficit. 
  • Sometimes, the eye surface might also become irritable after LASIK, causing discomfort and dryness. 

How long does dry eye last after LASIK surgery?

In most cases, a person experiences dry eyes for a week or a month before everything gets back to normal. However, it is also possible for the issue to persist for a year after the surgery.

The only way for the symptoms to subside is when your eyes get sufficient moisture to promote proper healing. Also, it takes some time for the nerve to regenerate and become fully functional. Regardless, consult your ophthalmologist if the problem persists. 

If you have these conditions, you might be at higher risk of dry eyes:

  • Have experienced dry eyes before LASIK
  • Postmenopausal phase
  • Underwent severe vision correction
  • Required adjustments during surgery

What are the treatments for dry eyes after LASIK surgery? 

No matter the cause of dry eyes after LASIK, you always have the option to get them treated. Read the next section to find out.

  • Rest your eyes as much as possible to promote healing.
  • Use the eyewear prescribed by your doctor wherever you go.
  • Avoid participating in strenuous physical activities and exercises. 
  • Reduce your screen time, be it on mobile phones, laptops, or TVs. 

Medical treatments

  • A prescribed eye drop consisting of hyaluronic acid will keep your eyes lubricated. 
  • For irritation and inflammation, you might have to resort to anti-inflammatory drops. 

If you are still concerned about your post-LASIK and dry eyes, consider contacting Krishna Eye Center. Our experts will be delighted to answer all your queries. 

Md. Oliullah Abdal


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