Dry Eyes

Dry eye (or "dry eye syndrome") is common during the immediate recovery period after LASIK. Symptoms include burning, irritation, foreign body sensation (feeling something is "in" the eye), and fluctuating vision. While a nuisance, for most patients postoperative dry eye is usually not a serious problem. Dryness symptoms typically return to their preoperative level over time, although it can take several months for this to happen.

But a small percentage of patients have significant problems with dry eyes after LASIK. Often, these patients have dry eyes prior to surgery, and the condition worsens in response to the laser treatment. There are several reasons for increased dryness symptoms after LASIK:

Current dry eye therapies are: