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Dry Eye Syndrome



Eye Health

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes lack adequate lubrication. Tears are essential for keeping the surface of the eye smooth, moist, and clear. When there's an imbalance in the production or quality of tears, it can lead to discomfort, irritation, and potential complications.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Patients often experience different symptoms of dry eye syndrome, but a few commonly occurring symptoms include:

Prevalence of Dry Eye

54.3 %

40+ Years Old

67.3 %

71+ Years Old

51.0 %

Male Patient 40+

57.2 %

Female Patient 40+

*National Library of Medicine, Oman Journal of Ophthalmology, 2015 Sep-Dec,

Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

There are a number of factors that are likely to contribute to dry eye syndrome, these include:


Care Methods

Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome

The treatment of dry eye syndrome depends on the severity of the condition. Dry eye treatment methods usually include:


Laser Eye Surgery

Can You Have Laser Eye Surgery with Dry Eyes?

Laser eye surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, might not be suitable for individuals with severe dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes can affect the healing process post-surgery and may lead to complications or prolonged discomfort. It's crucial to discuss your dry eye condition with an ophthalmologist before considering any laser eye surgery.


Side Effects

Does Laser Eye Surgery Cause Dry Eyes?


Laser eye surgery can temporarily cause dry eye symptoms immediately following the procedure. This occurs due to the disruption of nerve fibres responsible for tear production during the surgery. However, for most patients, this dryness is temporary and typically resolves as the eyes heal. Rarely, some individuals may experience persistent dry eye symptoms after surgery, particularly if they had pre-existing dry eye issues.

Surgery Options

Which surgery is most suitable with dry eye syndrome?

When considering eye surgery for individuals with dry eye syndrome, options that involve minimal impact on the corneal surface tend to be more suitable. Optimax’s specialists find that in most cases Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) are the best suitable options for patients with dry eyes.

Here's a brief overview of ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange surgeries concerning dry eye syndrome:


Both ICL and RLE surgeries might be more suitable for individuals with dry eyes due to their minimal impact on the corneal surface. However, the decision should be made after a comprehensive examination and consultation with an eye care professional. They can assess your specific condition, discuss the potential impact of surgery on dry eyes, and recommend the most suitable procedure based on your eye health and refractive needs.

Always ensure to discuss your dry eye condition thoroughly with your eye surgeon to minimize potential risks and ensure the best possible outcome.