Can Dry Eyes Cause Blurred Vision After Lasik?

Yes, dry eyes can potentially cause blurred vision after LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery. LASIK is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dry eyes are a common side effect following LASIK, and they can contribute to temporary blurred vision or fluctuations in vision post-surgery.

After LASIK, it’s normal for patients to experience dry eyes as a side effect of the procedure. This occurs because the surgery temporarily disrupts corneal nerves responsible for sensing the need for tears, which can result in decreased tear production and dry eye symptoms. The reduced tear production and inadequate lubrication of the eyes can cause symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Grittiness or a feeling of dryness in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Discomfort or irritation in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing (as a response to dryness)

The temporary dryness and resulting blurred vision usually resolve gradually as the eyes heal post-surgery. Typically, eye drops or artificial tears are recommended to help manage dry eyes and maintain proper eye lubrication during the healing process.

It’s essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your eye surgeon, which may include using prescribed eye drops and following specific guidelines for eye care. Most individuals experience improved vision over time as the eyes heal and adjust, and the symptoms of dry eyes diminish.

However, if blurry vision persists or worsens significantly after LASIK, or if you have concerns about your vision or eye health, it’s crucial to contact your eye doctor or surgeon for further evaluation and guidance. In some cases, persistent or severe dry eye symptoms post-LASIK may require additional treatments or management strategies to alleviate discomfort and ensure optimal healing of the eyes.