LASIK and Dry Eye
Ways to Treat Dry Eye
Your Dry Eye condition may be treatable so you can pursue LASIK eye surgery. Your doctor may order prescription eye drops to lubricate your eyes, help your body produce more tears or reduce inflammation. Punctal plugs, which are inserted to block tear drainage, may also help restore moisture to the eyes.
The Experts Agree
“Patients with pre-existing dry eye should be cautioned that refractive surgery, particularly laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), may worsen their dry eye condition.” (Nettune & Pflugfelder, 2010)
“Patients who have dry eye and are considering refractive surgery should have the dry eye treated before surgery.” (American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course Subcommittee, 2011)
The only way to know for sure if your eyes are ready for LASIK is by scheduling a comprehensive LASIK Consultation to identify Dry Eye and other conditions. Dr. Boozalis at Victoria Eye Center offers free LASIK Consultations at his Victoria office. Schedule yours now at 361-578-0234 or victoriaeyecenter.com.