Frequent question: How long do your eyes stay dry after LASIK?

Post-LASIK dry eye usually lasts for at least 1 month. Tear function and dry eye symptoms improve to preoperative levels thereafter. However, a small number of patients still experience chronic dry eye symptoms more than 1 year after LASIK.

Does dry eyes after LASIK go away?

Most patients say their dry eye improves between six and 12 months after their LASIK procedure. If you experience severe pain or your vision worsens, make sure to contact your doctor.

How common is dry eye after LASIK?

Dry eye symptoms are reported in as high as 60% of patients 1 month after LASIK [3,7]. Post-LASIK dry eye usually peaks in the first few months after surgery, and then symptoms begin to improve in the vast majority of patients at 6–12 months after surgery.

How long do eyes water after LASIK?

You will probably be able to return to work or your normal routine 1 to 3 days after surgery. For a few days, you may have blurry vision or watery eyes. Your eyes may be bloodshot for up to 3 weeks. This is because LASIK surgery can cause small blood vessels in your eye to break.

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How do you get rid of eye crust after LASIK?

If you have any crustiness on your lashes from the artificial tears, they are best cleaned with careful use of a clean washcloth soaked in warm water. Do not go swimming, use a hot tub, spa or whirlpool for at least 10 days to reduce the risk of infection.

Can you do LASIK twice?

A second procedure is necessary if refractive errors were not corrected during LASIK. If a second procedure has been deemed necessary, another flap will be created. Most surgeons won’t perform a second LASIK procedure unless it’s 5-10 years after LASIK.

Can dry eyes cause blurred vision after LASIK?

You may experience blurred vision along with dry eyes while you heal from the procedure. This can occur if your tears do not spread evenly over your eye. This can make it difficult to focus light, leading to blurry vision. Blurred vision along with dry eyes should be temporary.

Why is vision blurry after LASIK?

Dry Eyes: Creating the LASIK flap will temporarily disrupt nerves that supply the cornea. These nerves usually regenerate in the first 3-6 months after LASIK. During this time, the eyes tend to be dry and this can cause vision to be blurred or to fluctuate.

Are eye boogers normal after LASIK?

Dry eye is another common side effect of this procedure in the months following Houston LASIK surgery. You may find excess crusty mucus after a night of sleep and even may experience excessive tearing that can cloud your vision temporarily.

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What if you get an eyelash in your eye after LASIK?

So, what SHOULD a LASIK patient do, if they get an eyelash or a dust particle in their eye during the first couple weeks after LASIK? It’s simple actually – flush the eye with artificial tears. That’ll get the intruder out with no rubbing. Our 20/20 team asks that you skip eye makeup for a few days after LASIK.

What happens if I get water in my eyes after LASIK?

Due to the chemicals in chlorinated water and the particles found in salt and freshwater bodies, irritation, redness and corneal tissue infection is a high possibility immediately after LASIK eye surgery. Interactions with these bodies of water can slow the healing process or cause post-op damage.