Most Common Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Dry Eyes Syndrome

Most Common Complications :

Clinical trials demonstrates that six months after LASIK, 21% complain of dry eyes.

Dry eye is the most common complication of LASIK. All patients experience dry eyes and six months after LASIK approximately 20% of patients in FDA clinical trials continue to report dry eyes. Other studies demonstrate that 30% to 50% of LASIK patients experience chronic dry eyes persisting beyond one year after surgery. If you have dry eyes you may experience a number of common symptoms :

Most Common Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Dry Eyes Syndrome
  • Stinging or burning sensation of the eyes
  • Infrequent tearing, even at times when tearing seems necessary
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Scratchy feeling in the eyes, as if a foreign substance were in eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eyes that fatigue easily
  • Difficulty seeing, including having blurry vision

Reasons Of Dry Eyes Syndrome After LASIK

The eye requires that it be continuously covered by natural tears produced by the eye. Under normal circumstances, the very sensitive nerves in the cornea send signals to the Lacrimal Gland which produces tears in response to dryness or irritation.

However, during LASIK Eye Surgery, the surgeon prepares a thin flap under which the laser energy is applied in order to shape the cornea and eliminate your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. It is normal and expected that during the creation of the flap a certain number of the corneal nerves will be temporarily damaged. It means that for some period of time after your LASIK, the regular nerve impulses that would have ordinarily told the Lacrimal Gland to produce tears will be interrupted.

Treatment To Dry Eyes Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that may not be completely curable, but the accompanying dryness, scratchiness and burning can be managed :

  1. Artificial Tears & Medications
  2. Natural Remedies
  3. Temporary & Permanent Punctal Plugs
  4. Surgery Permanently Sealing The Openings With Cautery
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