LASIK & Dry Eye

Dry EyeDry eye can be a fairly common side effect of LASIK vision correction due to the potential for reduced sensitivity of the corneal nerves, leading to a reduction in tear production. Tears are necessary to lubricate and protect the eyes and if there is not adequate tear production, the eyes can become irritated.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Excessive eye watering
  • Itching and burning
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes
  • Pain
  • Blurred vision

Dry eye after LASIK is typically temporary, but some patients can experience the symptoms of dry eye for months or years after LASIK. Lubricating eye drops can help minimize discomfort.

Some patients who have pre-existing dry eye may not be good candidates for LASIK in San Clemente because the procedure might exacerbate the condition. Any existing symptoms of dry eye should be discussed with your ophthalmologist prior to having LASIK so your condition can be fully examined. Your eyes may be better suited for alternative laser vision correction procedures. Certain procedures may actually help improve pre-existing dry eye in San Clemente.

The doctors at Harvard Eye Associates will discuss all of the risks of LASIK, including dry eye, as well as the benefits of LASIK, during a free LASIK Consultation. He or she will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure that your eyes are right for the procedure. To schedule your no-obligation appointment, call (949) 951-2020 or visit