Dry eyes common after having lasik?

Yes. But it usually corrects itself in a few months. I used to use refresh drops 4-5x a day in the beginning.
Dry eye. Dry eye is common for the first few months after lasik. It typically resolves as you heal from the procedure.
Yes , above 40yrs. The flap of lasik cuts nerves in the cornea. This takes 6 months to heal. These cut nerves cause dry eyes. Punctal occluders, drops and medications are helpful.

Related Questions

Why are dry eyes not suitable for lasik?

LASIK adds dryness. One of the major complications of lasik is the production of eye dryness. This is screened for pre-operatively but some probably with borderline dryness or extra sensitivity get "pushed over" into dryness which can be quite bothersome. If you already have symptomatic dryness, then lasik potentially could worsen it and maybe even threaten the vision. Read more...
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. Read more...
LASIK in dry eye. After lasik surgery, dryness can worsen for a few months 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. Read more...

I have dry eyes 1 year after lasik. Is this permanent?

Post LASIK dry eye. The dry eye needs to be treated and may continue to improve and resolve with more time. Try artificial tears, ointment at night, warm compresses, and fish oil supplements. If no improvement, you may need punctal plugs, restasis, and/or low dose steroid. See your eye surgeon. Read more...

Why are people with very dry eyes not suitable candidates for lasik?

LASIK causes dryness. Research has shown that it may take 6-9 months for nerves to reconnect, with any lasik flap. Prk or epilasik do not cut through these nerves. Dry eye lasts until those nerves reconnect. This is why patients with pre-existing dry eye are not great candidates for lasik. Read more...
Dryness. Lasik can aggravate dry eye conditions. Dry eyes should be treated regardless if having lasik or not. Read more...
Healing problems. Lasik is elective. The tear film contains multiple protective parts. These aid healing and minimize inflammatory and infection effects. The drier the eyes the more risks for bad problems to develop. Read more...

I had lasik 13months ago. My dry eyes have gradually and consistently improved but im still not where I was prelasik. Will my eyes eventually recover?

Probably stable now. After 13 months, the eyes should have fully healed following lasik, and the dry eye problems should have also improved. There may be residual refractive error and an enhancement procedure might be necessary. It is also possible that eyes themselves may have changed some in that time period, which would also be treatable with a procedure. You should have the eyes checked to get a diagnosis and plan. Read more...
Possibly, but. It is still possible for the dryness to improve, but usually this occurs within 8-9 months at the most. You may need a prescription drop called restasis. Ask your surgeon... Read more...
Most likely. Your dry eye will likely continue to improve and resolve. In the meantime, continue frequent artificial tears, ointment at night, warm compresses, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You may want to have punctal plugs placed to speed your recovery. Read more...
Probably. Persistence may indicate the presence of other secondary external eye disease and require other treatment. You should be re-evaluated by the surgeon in this regard. Read more...

I had lasik in jan 2012. I had bad dry eyes for awhile but felt pretty good after 5months. It's a year later and my eyes are really dry what happened?

You got older. Dry eye increases in frequency as people age. There are very good treatments for dry eye syndrome. See your ophthalmologist. Read more...
Dry eye. Dry eye is common and can be an issue after laser eye surgery. It is hard to say why it has returned but it needs treatment. Try frequent nonpreservative artificial tears, ointment at night, omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and warm compresses. You likely will need to consider bilateral punctal plugs, restasis, and possibly a low dose topical steroid. See a cornea specialist. Read more...

Can cornea crosslinking help my eyes heal after lasik? Will it help my dry eyes?

Not likely. Cornea crosslinking can provide a stronger substrate cornea, but the dry eye problem caused by severing the corneal nerves will likely not be affected. Read more...
No. Corneal crosslinking can be considered after lasik if ectasia occurs. It is not a treatment for dry eye and may actually make dryness worse. Read more...
Yes and no. If there are abnormalities in the curvature of your eye because of the lasik, then yes. Usually, folks have a lot of rapid change in their prescription. It is not indicated for minor changes occurring years after the original procedure. There is currently no indication for it in the treatment of dry eyes. Read more...
Crosslinking. Crosslinking is not needed after routine lasik. Crosslinking also does not help with dry eyes. Read more...