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Can LASIK Cause Dry Eyes?

Dry EyeAre you considering LASIK to improve your vision and lessen your dependence on glasses or contacts? If so, it’s important to be aware of common side effect that comes with this procedure. 

Dry eye syndrome is the most frequently reported issue post-LASIK, and it can definitely impact your quality of life. About 95% of patients experience dry eye symptoms for a few days or even weeks after the surgery, but that number decreases to 60% a month later. Most patients recover fully within 6 to 12 months.

At Bellflower Optometry in Bellflower, we’re here to support you with your recovery. 

What Causes Dry Eyes After LASIK?

During the LASIK procedure the corneal nerves get damaged, affecting the cornea's sensitivity to stimuli. The specific nerve impulses that control tear production may not function fully, and the brain doesn't get the signals to start producing tears. This leads to dry eyes.

Is Everyone More Susceptible to Dry Eyes After LASIK?

Some people are more susceptible to dry eyes after LASIK than others. If you have preexisting dry eye syndrome, high myopia, an autoimmune disease like Sjogren's syndrome, are taking medications that dry out your eyes, live in a dry environment, or have cataracts, glaucoma, or keratoconus, you're more likely to develop dry eyes post-LASIK.

In these cases, your eye doctor may recommend an alternative to LASIK surgery. 

How We Can Help

Don't worry. There's help available. 

If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms due to LASIK or for any other reason, at Bellflower Optometry in Bellflower we’ll answer your questions and provide the appropriate treatment. 

Call today!

Our practice serves patients from Bellflower, Lakewood, Paramount, and Downey, California and surrounding communities.

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