If I Have Dry Eyes, Can I Still Get LASIK?

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your tear ducts do not produce enough lubrication to properly moisturize the surface of your eyes. This can lead to inflammation, redness, a gritty or scratchy feeling in the eyes, and/or a burning sensation in the eyes. Ironically, it can also lead to excessively watery eyes, since your tear ducts will sometimes overproduce fluid to make up for the lack of moisture.

If you have dry eye syndrome and you are considering LASIK eye surgery, you will need to be screened beforehand to determine if your condition can be adequately controlled, since untreated dry eyes can interfere with healing after LASIK. Dr. Khanna will first determine if you have an underlying condition that is causing dry eyes. For example, dry eyes are often a side effect of certain medications, as well as contact lens use, dehydration, and specific eye diseases.

Once the cause of your dry eyes has been identified, Dr. Khanna will work with you to resolve the problem before moving forward with LASIK. If your dry eye syndrome is severe, he may recommend an alternative type of refractive surgery to correct your vision. The best way to find out if you are a good LASIK candidate is to come into our office for a free screening.

If you live in the Beverly Hills area and are interested in LASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule your free screening. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area of California.

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.