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Why are people with dry eyes not good candidates for lasik surgery?

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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Make it worse

Many pts have dry eyes after lasik, possibly due to cutting of the corneal nerves when making a flap.
If you have dry eyes already, then it could become more severe. Dry eyes don't sound so bad, but if its severe, it could be debilitating.

In brief: Make it worse

Many pts have dry eyes after lasik, possibly due to cutting of the corneal nerves when making a flap.
If you have dry eyes already, then it could become more severe. Dry eyes don't sound so bad, but if its severe, it could be debilitating.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology

In brief: More dry

LASIK surgery tends to make the eyes more dry.
If the eyes are already dry, surgery may result in significant dry eyes symptoms afterwards.

In brief: More dry

LASIK surgery tends to make the eyes more dry.
If the eyes are already dry, surgery may result in significant dry eyes symptoms afterwards.
Dr. George Yang
Dr. George Yang
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Dry eye

After lasik surgery, dryness can worsen for a few month and slow visual recovery.
If dry eye are present preoperatively, it should be treated before surgery. Unless the dry eye is severe, most patients can be treated for the dryness and can proceed with lasik surgery.

In brief: Dry eye

After lasik surgery, dryness can worsen for a few month and slow visual recovery.
If dry eye are present preoperatively, it should be treated before surgery. Unless the dry eye is severe, most patients can be treated for the dryness and can proceed with lasik surgery.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology

In brief: Worse dry eyes

Lasik has known risk factors including causing or worsening dry eyes.
The creation of the flap as well as the laser process disrupts the normal corneal nerves which are part of the sensory pathway for the eye to sense dryness and make tears. After lasik the eyes cannot sense the dryness as well (for a short while) until the nerves grow back. In some patients, the nerves may not grow back well.

In brief: Worse dry eyes

Lasik has known risk factors including causing or worsening dry eyes.
The creation of the flap as well as the laser process disrupts the normal corneal nerves which are part of the sensory pathway for the eye to sense dryness and make tears. After lasik the eyes cannot sense the dryness as well (for a short while) until the nerves grow back. In some patients, the nerves may not grow back well.
Dr. Clement Cheng
Dr. Clement Cheng
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