Dry eyes can make the LASIK recovery period uncomfortable. Unfortunately, dry eye is a common aftereffect of the LASIK procedure.
Here, the eye experts at Eye Q Premium Laser look at the available options you have to treat dry eyes before and after LASIK surgery.
Before Your LASIK Surgery
It’s important not to take steps prior to your LASIK surgery to help avoid dry eye. The first thing you should do is consult with one of the experts at Eye Q Premium Laser to determine whether LASIK surgery is right for you. Not all patients with dry eyes are eligible for this eye procedure. If an eye surgeon determines you are a suitable candidate, they may recommend one or several of the following:
- Flaxseed oil or fish oil several weeks before your surgery to improve your tear film.
- Lubricating eye drops that help produce tears, such as cyclosporine.
- Punctal plugs that increase eye moisture by blocking tear drainage channels.
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids.
After Your LASIK Surgery
Dry eye is a common aftereffect of LASIK surgery, even among people without a preexisting dry eye condition. Your eye surgeon may recommend one of the following ways to treat and prevent dry eyes after your LASIK surgery:
- Lubricating eye drops to help normalize eye moisture. Cyclosporine is also known to speed up LASIK recovery.
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show food containing omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon can help maintain a healthy eye film.
- Drinking water. We know water keeps the body hydrated and the skin healthy. But drinking water is also important in preventing dry eyes. Dehydration, especially during hot, dry and windy weather can make dry eyes worse.
Reach Out to Eye Q Premium Laser
Dr. Joseph Leong-Sit and the entire staff at Eye Q Premium Laser are dedicated to providing quality care to all patients. One of our eye experts will gladly sit down with you to discuss all of your questions regarding dry eyes and LASIK surgery. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling (708) 429-2015.