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How do I know if I will have a dry eye after LASIK?

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While long-term dry eye is rare, there’s no way to predict whether you’ll have dry eye after LASIK or how long the symptoms will last. But certain things may make it more likely for you to have dry eye after LASIK:

  • You had dry eye before LASIK.
  • You are female.
  • You are of Asian descent.
  • You wear contacts.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You were very nearsighted before LASIK or had vision corrected to a high degree.

From: Dry Eye After LASIK WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Expert Review of Ophthalmology: “Post-LASIK dry eye.”

Medscape: “Dry eyes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dry eyes.”

FDA: “How Lasik Eye Surgery Works,” “What should I expect before, during, and after surgery?”

Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance: “Dry Eye Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on June 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Expert Review of Ophthalmology: “Post-LASIK dry eye.”

Medscape: “Dry eyes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dry eyes.”

FDA: “How Lasik Eye Surgery Works,” “What should I expect before, during, and after surgery?”

Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance: “Dry Eye Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on June 24, 2017

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