Dry eye occurs when you don’t have sufficient quality tears to lubricate and nourish your eyes. Tears keep your cornea healthy, reduce the risk of eye infection and flush out debris in the eye. Those with this eye condition may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy and burning eyes.
Read on to find out if LASIK can cause dry eye.
LASIK and Dry Eye
It’s common to experience dry eye following a LASIK eye surgery. Research shows that nearly half of the patients who get LASIK have some degree of dry eyes after the procedure. The symptoms can last from weeks to months.
However, many people who undergo LASIK already have dry eyes. For instance, those who wear contact lenses who feel discomfort due to dry eye may consider LASIK as an alternative because they don’t want to wear glasses.
How Lasik Causes Dry Eye
LASIK can cut some nerves in the cornea, reducing corneal sensitivity. As a result, your eyes may not sense the need for lubrication, resulting in insufficient tear production, which can lead to dry eye. Many eye surgeons are now recommending the use of lubricating eye drops or other therapies to help maintain healthy eye moisture levels. Some even give treatments for increased eye lubrication before LASIK surgery as a precaution, even to those who don’t have dry eye.
When to Contact Your Eye Doctor
Lubricating eye drops and other standard treatments for dry eye can be effective post LASIK. If you have mild symptoms, you can wait until your next appointment with your eye doctor. However, you should contact your eye specialist immediately if you experience severe pain or if your eyesight becomes worse.
Whether you need new eyeglasses or help with LASIK management, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care is here to help. Give us a call at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We assist patients in Norfolk, VA.