Careful preoperative screening can prevent postoperative Dry Eye. A previous history of dry eyes is one of the most important parts of screening evaluation for laser vision correction. Many patients are intolerant of contact lenses because of underlying dry eye. Any symptom of eye irritation, including sandy-gritty irritation, dryness, burning, or foreign body sensation, suggests the possibility of dry eye. Pre-existing dry eye doesn’t necessarily affect the efficacy or safety of LASIK, but it is a risk factor for having Dry Eye after LASIK. If a patient has dry eye symptoms preoperatively, it’s important to maximize the health of the ocular surface prior to surgery.
My goal is for patients to achieve excellent vision AND optimum eye comfort. Using this guide as a reference tool, I personalize my specific recommendations to the needs of each patient at my San Jose LASIK office.