Dry eye is a common side effect of LASIK surgery, although the prevalence can vary depending on various factors, such as age, sex, and the severity of pre-existing dry eye. A preservative-free artificial tear such as Oasis Preservative-free eye drops are a great option.
According to a review of studies published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the reported incidence of dry eye after LASIK surgery ranges from 10% to 50%. However, other studies have reported lower rates, with some studies reporting rates as low as 5%.
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Additionally, the severity and duration of dry eye after LASIK can vary. In some cases, the symptoms of dry eye may be mild and temporary, resolving within a few weeks or months. In other cases, dry eye symptoms may persist for a longer time and require ongoing management.
In addition to artificial tears, your doctor may also have you take antibiotic eye drops and anti inflammatory eye drops. These help the eye by preventing infection and reducing inflammation. They are likely to be used short term after the surgery. The artificial tears are likely to be used for months or years following LASIK.