LASIK has made positive impacts on the lives of millions of people across the globe. This safe and effective laser vision correction treatment has reduced dependence on corrective lenses (glasses and contacts) and addressed refractive errors, which you may know better as nearsightedness/myopia, farsightedness/hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Yet that said, LASIK does carry certain side effects, and not everyone is an ideal candidate for the surgery. This brings up the issue of dry eye syndrome, an important topic worth noting when it comes to any discussions about LASIK. The team at our Toronto laser vision correction center would like to take a few moments right now to look at the basics related to dry eye and LASIK.
About Dry Eye Syndrome
Simply put, dry eye refers to the lack of moisture in the eyes. This results in feelings of itchiness, scratchiness, and irritation, as well as redness of the eyes. Dry eye often occurs following LASIK surgery, which is just one of the many things that our ophthalmologists and eye doctors in Toronto discuss with patients prior to laser eye surgery treatment.
Why Dry Eye Syndrome Occurs After LASIK Surgery
During LASIK, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea. Through this flap, the overall shape of the cornea is adjusted and improved via laser. When this flap is created, however, nerves in the cornea become severed. These nerves will heal with time, but until they heal, normal tear and moisture production in the treated eye(s) will be affected. This dry eye generally lasts a few weeks to a few months.
Dealing with Dry Eye While Your Recover from LASIK
Thankfully there are things that LASIK patients can do to address dry eye while their eyes are healing. After undergoing Toronto custom LASIK, we recommend patients do the following to deal with dry eye attacks:
- Carry liquid tears at all times
- Avoid dry, dusty, or smoky environments
- Refrain from smoking
Dry Eye Surgery and LASIK Candidacy
Dry eye can also affect candidacy for LASIK surgery. If a prospective patient suffers from dry eye syndrome already, that person is not considered a good candidate for LASIK. Alternative treatments for refractive error will be recommended instead.
Why People with Dry Eye are Poor Candidates for LASIK
Given that dry eye is a common side effect of LASIK surgery, this is simply taken as a safety precaution. Undergoing laser vision correction surgery would lead to more severe cases of dry eye for a patient, which would be extremely unpleasant and uncomfortable.
Weighing All of Your Options
During your visit to our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your surgical alternatives to LASIK as well as your non-surgical alternatives. This will allow you to know what options are on the table and which might be best for you and your needs. It's always our goal to ensure that you make the best decision possible and have all the information that you need to make a confident decision.
Learn More About Your Options for State-of-the-Art Eye Care
For more information about refractive surgery and your many other options for enhancing the quality of your vision, be sure to contact our Toronto LASIK/vision correction center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible choice about your vision.