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Can You Have LASEK if You Have Dry Eyes?

  • December 11, 2020

The LASEK procedure may cause many patients to experience dry eye symptoms after their surgery. This is especially true if the patient experienced dry eyes before LASEK. But why do so many patients experience LASEK and dry eyes? 

The first step of the LASEK procedure in Location is the creation of a thin, corneal flap. This flap allow 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 LASEK. 

Most patients will have a resolution of dry eye symptoms within a few months of having their LASEK procedure. In some extreme cases, symptoms may persist for an extended period of time. All LASEK patients will need to use lubricating drops frequently during the first few weeks after their LASEK 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 LASEK consultation in Location, 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 LASEK procedure. Our Doctors can then take the necessary steps to prepare you for your LASEK procedure and minimize the severity of LASEK and dry eyes. Working together with Dr. Name will maximize your chances of a smooth post-operative course and allow you to obtain the best possible results from your LASEK procedure. Contact BoozmanHof at 479-246-1700 or website to schedule your LASEK appointment today!