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Experiencing Post-Operation Issues?

Question:
It has been 7 months since my operation, I still have dry eyes and blurry vision. Is this an issue to address with my Doctor? Or will it heal over time?

Answer:
Understand that if your eyes were dry before surgery, they will always be dry. I’m assuming they are now drier than they were. Although it can take a year or more for dryness to resolve following surgery (you don’t say whether you had LASIK or PRK), at 7 months typically it has resolved for most patients. PRK has a lower risk of permanent dryness than does LASIK. I would recommend discussing this with your doctor. In the interim, while you are waiting (and hoping) for it to improve, there are several things you can do to help the dryness. Artificial tears, nighttime lubricating ointments, Restasis prescription eyedrops, and punctum plugs are all very helpful at treating post-surgical dryness.
As far as the blurry vision, it may be from the dryness, or it may be unrelated. A consultation with your surgeon can easily determine the cause and how to address it.

 

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