During LASIK, your eye doctor will make adjustments to your cornea, which could affect some of your nerves. This may lead to a little bit of loss in your eye’s sensitivity, which means your tear ducts will not trigger enough production of tears for lubrication. This condition is known as “dry eyes.” It can last for a few weeks and is a fairly common occurrence after LASIK surgery.
Dry eye syndrome is certainly not a serious condition. However, it can be uncomfortable while it lasts. Here are a few recommendations on how to deal with dry eyes from our specialists at Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic.
Who Is Affected?
Your eye doctor will likely conduct a few tests to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery, including screening you for dry eye susceptibility. Underlying conditions such as high degrees of myopia, advanced age, allergies and other autoimmune conditions can also be factors. A dry environment can also cause dry eyes after LASIK.
Treating Dry Eye
Your doctor may recommend treatments for dry eyes before the LASIK procedure without needing to eliminate you as a candidate and even if you are not prone to it or have any other underlying conditions. Once the surgery is done, prescription eye drops can help alleviate your symptoms.
Talk to your eye doctor if you have any risk factors that may contribute to dry eyes. Studies also show that foods rich in omega-3 such as salmon can help keep your tear film healthy, minimizing dry eye symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend supplements and medication.
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