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					Dry Eye After LASIK Surgery
LASIK is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea,
the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. LASIK
eye surgery is basically for people who are nearsighted or farsighted and
have astigmatism. The goal of LASIK surgery is to change the curvature of
the cornea, which is the outermost part of the eye. It allows the person
to see without glasses or contacts. After the surgery some patients may
develop severe dry eye syndrome, which can be treated with artificial
tears and usually takes six months to recover.
On completion of LASIK surgery, the regular nerve impulses that direct
the lacrimal gland to produce tears are often interrupted. It is
considered an expected phase of the healing process. Dry eyes cause
gritty and uncomfortable sensations. In order to avoid this condition, a
surgeon carefully examines the eyes and recommends lubricating and
moisturizing drops to the patients. They are also advised to keep the eye
adequately bathed in tears for the eyes to heal properly and also refrain
from overusing the drops.
Dry eye problems range from less serious to more serious complications.
While a patient experiences itching, redness, or pain after the vision
correction surgery, there are others who face minor problems that can be
solved with topical treatments for the eyes. In order to resolve the
serious cases of dry eye problem, a tiny plug is inserted that prevents
tears from going to the nose and allows lubrication in the eye. People
also rely on flax seed oil caplets and a humidifier in their home, which
relieves the dry, scratchy feeling. New treatments for dry eyes include
collagen or silicone punctal plugs and punctal cautery. These greatly
reduce symptoms, promote healing and improve vision by enhancing the
quantity and quality of the eye's natural tear film.
In less serious cases, the patient's eyes return to their normal or near
normal lubrication levels in a short period.
New York Lasik provides detailed information on Lasik Albany New York,
Lasik Rochester New York, Lasik Surgery Upstate New York, Lasik Utica New
York and more. New York Lasik is affiliated with Vision Correction.

				
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