During LASIK surgery a thin flap is created on the cornea under which the energy from the laser is applied, this is what shapes the cornea to correct your vision. In order to create the flap some of the corneal nerves are cut which causes temporary damage. Due to the nerves being temporarily damaged the sensitivity of the cornea is reduced, and the nerve impulses that control the production of tears are interrupted leading them to potentially drying out.
Dry eyes after LASIK can cause discomfort and reduce the healing process. To avoid this your surgeon will provide you with moisturising eye drops to use after your procedure. It’s vital to keep your eyes lubricated in order for them to heal properly.
Most patients have no dry eye symptoms at all. However, a small percentage of patients do but after several weeks the symptoms of dry eyes should be no longer noticeable or present, providing that you have kept your eyes moisturised and followed our aftercare steps. However if symptoms still persist get in touch with us and we shall arrange an appointment with your ophthalmologist.
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All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.