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A 31-year-old male asked:

how do i know if my dry eye after lasik is temporary or permanent?

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Dr. Michael Kermani
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Generally Temporary: Increased dry eye after lasik or refractive surgery is generally a temporary state lasting weeks to months. Often symptoms are improved and resolved within the first 6 months. With this in mind, often temporary punctal plugs (tear duct plugs) are used at the time of surgery to improve symptoms. These plugs will dissolve over time. If symptoms persist or seem severe, contact your ophthalmologist!
Dr. Mihir Parikh
LASIK Surgery 26 years experience
By time: If the dry eye is temporary it will go away in a short time period however if it is permanent it will remain or not completely abate after 6 months from the lasik procedure. Most often it improves. If it does not improve i certainly suggest seeing the ophthalmologist to undergo appropriate dry eye treatment.

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During cold temperatures, dry eye can be worse why?

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Increase tears: Tears can be increased by adding artificial tears, slowing drainage by placing plugs in tear drainage ducts or by using medications to improve function of glands that produce tear components (restasis). Systemic medications should be reviewed and substituted if possible alot of the make dry eye worse. Most common are antihistamines, diuretics and beta blockers. Other meds also ask your dr.

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