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A 42-year-old male asked:

5 months post lasik. eyes still dry. surgeon says could take 12-18 months to totally heal. says dryness will go away? should i believe him?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Allen Chiang
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 18 years experience
LASIK and dry eye: In lasik, a corneal "flap" is made. The vision-correcting laser treatment is then applied to reshape the corneal tissue beneath this flap. Creation of this flap impacts the nerves (which are part of a neuronal reflex tied to tearing) within the cornea, which is why dry eye is so common following lasik. Recovery commonly takes many months at a minimum.
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Dr. Pierre Guibor
Ophthalmology 57 years experience
Dry eyes in Lasik patients is common and you might consider appropriate topical hydration or the Expo Bubble Dressing for sleeping.
Oct 12, 2013
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
LASIK dry eye: Lasik dry eye typically resolved with time but can rarely persist indefinitely. See a dry eye specialist to consider restasis, punctal plugs, fish oil supplements, lubrication drops, and other therapies.
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Last updated Dec 20, 2014

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