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How long will I have dry eyes after LASIK?

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Dry eye is the most common complication for LASIK, the surgery for correcting vision. About 95% of people report dry eye symptoms just after the procedure.

For most people, dry eye symptoms are most noticeable in the months right after surgery. Most say it gets better in 6-12 months.

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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