LASIK is the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure in the United States. LASIK is safe and effective. With advances in Excimer and Femtosecond technology, LASIK has become even safer over the last two decades. However, there is no surgery that has no risks even when uncommon. Some patients undergoing LASIK may experience dry eye symptoms immediately after the procedure, but in most cases, these symptoms improve or resolve completely within a couple of weeks. There are rare cases where some patients can have symptoms that may last longer. The good news is that nearly all symptoms can be managed with artificial tears or with medicated eye drops.
Dry eye may seem obvious to some, but sometimes can be hard to detect. Symptoms of dry eye include blurry vision, irritation, tearing, burning, stinging, eye fatigue and strain, and sometimes mucus buildup around the eyes.
Prior to LASIK surgery, our experienced doctors at San Antonio Eye Specialists ensure that patients are thoroughly screened for pre-existing dry eye in order to assess their risks for chronic dry eye after LASIK. It is important for each patient to understand their individual risk for dry eye and to set their expectations prior to undergoing LASIK surgery. This process helps both the doctor and patient in the decision-making process for the choice of the most appropriate procedure for the particular patient. If the pre-operative examination indicates a higher than usual risk for chronic dry eye, other options like PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens), or Refractive Lens Exchange will be indicated.