Maine Corneal Specialist on LASIK & Dry Eyes

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Maine Corneal Specialist on LASIK & Dry Eyes

Maine Corneal Specialist Ravi Shah, M.D. shared some thoughts and information about LASIK and dry eyes. “It is clear that the most common side effect of LASIK is dry eyes. In fact, it is pretty much expected and pretty normal for all LASIK patients to have some temporary dry eye symptoms after their treatment,” commented Dr. Shah. “The important fact for patients to understand is that the dry eye symptoms should be temporary,” he further explained.

Here is what you should know about LASIK and dry eyes. LASIK is corneal surgery. ANY time someone has corneal surgery it is likely that surgeons will sever some corneal nerves as well as temporarily disturb the delicate cells on the surface of the eye. During Cataract Surgery and any other eye surgery procedures that involve the cornea we do the exact same things. These corneal nerves connect to the Lacrimal Gland which is responsible for producing tears. When the nerves are temporarily interrupted there is a decrease in the amount of tears that are produced-making your eyes feel dry and gritty. To make you more comfortable during the time it takes for the corneal nerves to heal and regenerate we may do one of more of the following for you: 

Prescribe Artificial Tear Eye Drops 

Insert Tiny Tear Duct Plugs 

Prescribe Restasis® Eye Drops 

Prescribe Dietary Supplements with Omega-3 Oils 

Each of the above acts to either retain the tears that you have, supplement the tears that are lacking or help you produce more of your own tears so that you will be most comfortable and heal properly. Each person will regenerate the fine corneal nerves at a DIFFERENT RATE and thus will need to use one or more of the above tear helpers for different amounts of time. A very important consideration is how healthy your tear film was BEFORE your surgery. A critical part of your LASIK consultation will be a careful examination of your tear film. Sometimes, in order to make you the most comfortable and make the healing and visual recovery process as quick and easy as possible for you, we may actually prescribe one or more of the above BEFORE your surgery. If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK and Dry Eyes or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Evaluation please call Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of Maine eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. 

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including 

Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.