Red Eyes after LASIK

September 9, 2019 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik

A woman with a red eyeLASIK is performed to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. With the latest developments in LASIK technology, the surgery is safer and more effective.

At Southwest Eyecare and Laser in Bakersfield, CA, Dr. Gregory A. Stainer performs LASIK surgery with excellent results. However, it is important that patients understand that LASIK does result in temporary side effects.

Redness of the eyes may occur after LASIK. In this blog post, we discuss what causes red eyes after LASIK, what you can do to reduce this issue, and how long it will last.

There are two different types of red eyes after LASIK.

Blood Spots

After the LASIK procedure, some patients develop small spots of blood in the white area of one or both eyes. This is nothing to be worried about; blood spots are simply a sign that some blood vessels were broken during the procedure.

Keep in mind that these blood spots are temporary and do not have any adverse effects on your vision or the overall health of your eyes.

If you have blood spots in the whites of your eyes, no treatment is needed. The blood spots will disappear within a week.

Overall Redness of the Eyes

Patients may also experience overall redness of the eyes after LASIK. The main cause of this is dry eyes. This is a common but temporary side effect of surgery.

Dry eyes are due to the improper production of tears. During LASIK, some nerves may be temporarily damaged. As they heal, the eye resumes normal production of tears, typically within a few weeks of surgery.

How to Treat Dry Eye after LASIK

There are steps you can take to minimize the symptoms associated with dry eye and redness after LASIK, including:

  • Keep your eyes lubricated by using over-the-counter artificial tears. Use these as directed to reduce itchiness and dryness.
  • It is also important to use the prescription eye drops that we have provided to you to prevent infection and inflammation.
  • Resist the urge to rub your eyes. To prevent infection or damage to the corneal flap, do not rub your eyes for at least the first seven days after surgery.
  • Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can prevent dry eyes.
  • Reduce your screen time as much as possible to maintain a good blink rate and keep your eyes lubricated.

Contact Us for More Information about LASIK

Dr. Stainer has been in private practice in Bakersfield since 1941. During this time, he has successfully performed many LASIK surgeries with effective results, so you can be assured that you will be in capable hands at Southwest Eyecare & Laser.

We offer multiple financing options to help patients afford the treatment they need (including Chase Health Advance and CareCredit).

For more information on the LASIK procedure and what you can expect from this laser vision correction surgery, contact our team at Southwest Eyecare & Laser online or call us at (661) 393-2331 or (661) 833-4040. We are here to help.

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