Can I Get LASIK if I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

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Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when the eyes cannot produce sufficient moisture. Marked by redness, itchiness, dryness, and general eye discomfort, dry eye syndrome may be a result of hormone disruptions, certain medications, excessive screen time, and various illnesses.

There are a few different treatment options for dry eye syndrome. These include:

These treatments can improve the condition of dry eyes, which can help increase candidacy for laser vision correction services such as LASIK.

LASIK and Dry Eye Syndrome

If you have dry eye syndrome, the condition will need to be treated before you can undergo LASIK. Dry eyes increase LASIK risks and may interfere with outcomes. Treating the issue before performing LASIK helps to reduce these risks.

 Dry eyes impact candidacy for LASIK, but may not interfere with other laser vision correction options. Depending on your needs, your specific vision disorder, and your ultimate desires, another treatment, such as PRK or SMILE may be a better fit. The most advanced of the laser vision correction services, SMILE impacts fewer corneal nerves and is much less likely to result in dry eyes.

One of the most common side-effects of LASIK is increased eye dryness. Typically short-lived, most patients see improvements in dry eyes after four weeks, but some may develop a longer-lasting problem. Because dry eyes are a possible LASIK side-effect, people prone to the condition may wish to look for another solution. We are pleased to offer a wide range of laser vision correction options and look forward to meeting with you, hearing your concerns, and helping you find the best fit for your needs.

At our Advanced Refractive Surgery Center, we are able to offer the latest and most effective vision correction services. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. We will work directly with you, provide straightforward information about the benefits and limitations of various treatments, and help you choose the right solution for your vision.

Please call Seeta Eye Center at 845-454-1025 to schedule your initial consultation today.