Question: I had LASIK Surgery in 2006 at the age of 43. Since that time I use REFRESH TEARS® however these days my eyes actually hurt. Then after some time they are okay. What could cause this?
Answer: It is a bit unusual that some 5 years after your LASIK surgery you continue to require artificial tear eye drops-REFRESH TEARS®-unless you had a preexisting dry eye condition or are now in an environment or have some other systemic or eye health reasons that are causing you to have a dry eye syndrome. That said, it is impossible to know from your description whether the discomfort you experience is related to a chronic dry eye, some other ocular surface problem or even some other eye problem or condition. It is important that you schedule an appointment with a top LASIK surgeon and perhaps one who is also a Cornea Specialist in order to review your situation carefully. If in fact your symptoms are due to a chronic dry eye, then there are several additional treatment options in addition to artificial tears that may be helpful. These include Restasis® eye drops that actually help you produce more of your own natural tears and insertion of tiny tear duct plugs that act to help you retain more of the tears you do produce.
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