Lasik surgery is a relatively new refractive procedure that is popular among those who need glasses but do not wish to wear them. Lasik stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. The basic idea behind this procedure is that the surgeon will use a laser to reshape the cornea and the front of the eye so that it can better focus light to the retina at the back of the eye. LASIK is short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.
Dry eye, also known as xerophthalmia, is an eye condition that causes the eyelids to grow too wet and therefore, do not allow the tears to flow properly. This causes blurry vision due to the reduced amount of contact between the retina and the eyeball. This condition is more common in adults over age 60, although young people and infants can develop dry eyes as well. The primary symptom is that during the day the eye becomes dry or red, particularly at night. People suffering from dry eyes can wear contact lenses, if they are able to see clearly enough.
One of the complications of Lasik surgery is that, sometimes, there can be loss of vision due to the fact that the corneal surface may not heal correctly after the procedure. In some cases, it can even become swollen and irritated. These are called post-operative complications and they can range from mild to moderate to severe. There are a number of different methods of dealing with these complications, including antibiotic ointment, drops or sprays, and even a temporary lens implant. It is important that patients who experience complications after Lasik surgery take the time to discuss these issues with their doctor or lasik specialist. If possible, the patient can attempt to alleviate the problem by adjusting the eye-settling techniques used.