Studies show that almost 30 percent of patients who undergo laser eye surgery experience dry eye symptoms. If you live in or around Sacramento, Stephen Wilmarth, M.D., can assess the condition of your eyes before you undergo LASIK, as well as recommend treatment options to alleviate dry eyes should you experience symptoms after the procedure.
Dry eye syndrome is caused by insufficient tear production, often accompanied by a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation. Symptoms of dry eyes after LASIK are usually mild and tend to subside no later than six months after the procedure.
However, dry eyes can lead to discomfort during the healing process and might impair the eye’s ability to attain your optimal vision. To help offer you the best correction, Dr. Wilmarth will carefully examine your eyes before the procedure for signs of existing dry eye issues, as well as precipitating factors such as age, illness or reaction to certain medications.
To prevent the onset of dry eyes after LASIK, Dr. Wilmarth will customize the procedure to fit your eye health and vision needs. He might also recommend post-operative measures such as:
- Lubricating eye drops, applied regularly and often
- Medications that reduce inflammation within the eye
- Omega-3 fatty acids, which can also fight inflammation
- Grain-sized inserts that block excess tear drainage (called punctal plugs)
To learn more about preventing dry eyes after you undergo LASIK, please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center or call today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Wilmarth serves patients in or around Sacramento.