Can I Get LASIK if I have Dry Eyes?

Eye Doctor Serving Mobile, Alabama and the nearby Gulf Coast Area

In order to be classified as a good candidate for LASIK, you must meet certain criteria. Individuals who suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome often believe their condition prohibits them from being a LASIK candidate. However, many individuals with dry eyes can have their eyes pre-treated prior to LASIK surgery. If eyes are pre-treated, it's absolutely possible to achieve an excellent LASIK outcome.

Dr. Chris Walton is highly experienced at performing LASIK on patients with dry eyes. If your dry eyes can be managed or corrected prior to LASIK and your corneas are healthy, you should be able to undergo LASIK.

If you have dry eyes, Dr. Walton may prescribe the following treatments prior to LASIK:

  • Artificial tears
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Restasis eye drops

If you have dry eyes before you undergo LASIK, there is a chance you will also have dry eyes after your surgery. If this is the case, Dr. Walton will likely use one of the above treatments following your surgery to help your eyes remain moist, which promotes the healing process.

To find out if you are a LASIK candidate even though you have dry eyes, please contact Dr. Chris Walton today to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Walton serves patients in Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida.