The Dry Eye Truth After LASIK Eye Surgery

The Dry Eye Truth After LASIK Eye Surgery

Lasik and Dry EyeNothing is more inconvenient than blurred vision, right? Right. After years of dealing with deteriorating vision quality and keeping up with glasses and contact lenses, you address your visual problems via one of the world’s most skilled magicians, AKA the ophthalmologist who performs your LASIK surgery. A little bit pricey, but totally worth it and problem solved. No more days ruined because you forget to grab those glasses on your way out to conquer the world.

“THANK YOU DOC FOR MY LASIK SURGERY!” What a relief, right? Well…so you thought.

If you’re reading this, you might be a post-surgical success story, but potentially suffering from another problem you never imagined.  You no longer need the glasses and contacts, but now can’t keep your hands from rubbing at the constant burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes.  Then there’s the tearing – strange they call it Dry Eye with all those tears.  That’s because for the majority of Dry Eye sufferers, lack of tear production is not the problem.  The root cause is often Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, as it is also called.1

Not to worry: this is a common post-LASIK surgical problem, but easily addressed.  If you’re reading this and thinking about LASIK, talk to your doctor about looking for MGD prior to your LASIK procedure.  If you find out you do have MGD, LipiFlow is a great option for treating its root cause.2  It only takes 12 minutes and can save you from post-surgical Dry Eye problems.

For some patients who experience LipiFlow treatment, relief from the sometimes painful, but always annoying Dry Eye symptoms is felt within weeks.  Treat MGD properly and freedom from all those Dry Eye symptoms may be easy to see as well, just like everything else when you have LASIK surgery.

Learn more about LipiFlow treatment for MGD.  Find an eye care professional that can help you assess and treat MGD.

1.    Lemp MA, Crews LA, Bron AJ, Foulks GN, Sullivan BD. Distribution of aqueous-deficient and evaporative dry eye in a clinic-based patient cohort: a retrospective study.  Cornea. 2012; 31(5):472-8.

2.    Schallhorn CA, Schallhorn JM, Hannan S, Schallhorn SC. Effectiveness of an Eyelid Thermal Pulsation Procedure to Treat Recalcitrant Dry Eye Symptoms After Laser Vision Correction. J Refract Surg. 2017; 33(1):30-36.