Can I still get LASIK if I have dry eyes?
The short answer is your dry eye needs to be under control before you can get LASIK. This is possible if your dry eye is under treatment. This can include artificial tears, eye drops, or in office procedures. Once your dry eye is comfortably under control, you can undergo LASIK.
Who is not eligible for LASIK?
LASIK is not ideal for people under the age of 18, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people on certain prescription medication, those with unstable vision, people who suffer from dry eye syndrome, and those who are not in good general health.
Does laser eye surgery make dry eyes worse?
We know that laser eye surgery causes a temporary increase in dry eye symptoms. Typically, this lasts about three to six months, and it results because we’re interrupting the nerves of the front of the cornea and that reduction sensation results in a reduction in tear production.
Can you get PRK with dry eyes?
Dry eye is a very common condition characterized by lack of tear production, or tears which dissipate too quickly. Those with dry eye syndrome have a number of options for treating it, including refractive surgery like LASIK and PRK.
How bad can your eyes be to get LASIK?
The average refractive prescription that qualifies for laser eye surgery is: Nearsighted ness up to -8.0 diopters. Astigmatism up to -3.0 diopters. Nearsightedness with astigmatism up to -9.0 diopters.
What is the minimum eye power for LASIK?
A normal Indian cornea has a central thickness of 530 microns or 0.53 mm. In this thickness, one can safely correct power of -8.0 by SBK (thin flap LASIK) or the Bladeless Femto LASIK. A cornea which is less than 495 microns is considered thin, while a thickness of fewer than 450 microns is a ‘no go’.
How do I know if I qualify for LASIK eye surgery?
The qualifications of a good candidate for refractive or laser eye surgery generally include: At least 18 years of age. Stable eyeglass and contact lense prescription for at least 2 to 3 years. Stable vision over at least the past year.
How long does LASIK dryness last?
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.
How do you get rid of dry eyes after LASIK?
The best eye drops for dry eyes after LASIK are preservative-free lubricating eye drops or artificial tears. These options can be used frequently and are safe to use.