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Post LASIK Dry Eye Treatment

According to the Eagle Vision-Yankelovich poll, one out of every five U.S. residents suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome; that’s 59 million Americans!
Dry eye is the most common complication of LASIK.  In fact, about half of all LASIK patients will have dry eye after LASIK. While the condition is usually temporary and mild, significant numbers of people continue to suffer from dry eye for months or even years after the procedure.
Many people who have had LASIK  had a previously undiagnosed dry eye issue, and the procedure actually exacerbated the problem. For example, contact lens wearers who find their contact lenses uncomfortable due to dry eye, may investigate LASIK as an alternative (since they do not want to wear eyeglasses).  They then, regrettably, proceed to LASIK without proper dry eye treatment. Fortunately, pre-LASIK procedure screenings have advanced, and dry eye detection is now a condition that is hopefully detected in advance. However, there are still many, many post LASIK patients who experience dry eye.

Post LASIK Dry Eye Treatment

Dr. Irwin Azman O.D.

Dr. Irwin Azman O.D.

Dr. Irwin Azman, who has been in practice for over 30 years, specializes in post LASIK complications and side effects. Dr. Azman, a PRK patient himself, has been involved in refractive surgery for over 20 year and is always committed to staying updated on the latest, most advanced researcheducation and technologies. Dr. Azman utilizes his knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide his patients with treatments for post LASIK complications and side effects, without further surgical procedures. Each dry eye patient is different, and Dr. Azman utilizes his vast knowledge to customize a treatment program that is tailored for each individual patient.

Treatment for glare after LASIK

Many patients have undergone radial keratotomy (RK), LASIK, PRK and other refractive surgeries with significant success. However, unfortunately, there are many people out there who have even had the newest LASIK procedures, but are still experiencing post Lasik side effects such as glare, starbursts, loss of night vision, and dry eye.

Glare after Lasik

Glare after Lasik

What can be done for post LASIK, PRK, and radial keratotomy (RK) complications and side effects?

Some doctors will continue to recommend additional surgical procedures, which inevitably exacerbate the problem

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Irwin Azman, a PRK patient himself, utilizes his expertise with the newest technology to resolve and treat side effects from post LASIK, radial keratotomy (RK), PRK and other refractive surgeries.

Contact Dr. Irwin Azman for a free consultation at (240) 782-2020 | www.lasikfailures.com

Correcting Radial Keratotomy (RK) Complications

Radial keratotomy (RK) is a refractive surgical procedure to correct myopia (nearsightedness) that was developed in 1974. It has been superseded by newer operations, such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), LASIK, Intra-Lasik, Wavefront Lasik, and others. Although rarely done now, millions of people underwent RK in the 80’s and 90’s around the world with over a million procedures done in the United States. In addition, many of these RK patients had LASIK in an attempt to undo damage caused by their initial RK surgery.

With the RK procedure, incisions are made on the cornea with a scalpel (knife). These tiny cuts flatten the surface of the cornea and reduce nearsightedness. The surgeon may make additional cuts to flatten the misshapen part of the cornea for those people who have both astigmatism and nearsightedness. The long term results of radial keratotomy (RK) complications have truly been horrific for many people. Numerous problems occurred years later. These include:

• Loss of Best Corrected Visual Acuity
• Severe Dry Eye
• Unstable or Fluctuating Vision
• Double or Triple Vision
• Irregular Astigmatism
• Halos, Glare, and Reduced Night Vision

Many RK patients also underwent additional RK procedures followed by one or more LASIK procedures. In every instance, the additional procedures only exacerbated the problem. In recent years, advances in specialty lenses including Scleral lenses and other unique advanced lens technologies have become available which will allow patients to see clearly and comfortably once again, without the risk of further surgery.

The images below show how one of our patients, Sharon B., sees at night after having RK surgery vs. how she now sees with a Scleral lens.

 Post RK Surgery with glasses                   Post RK Surgery Corrected with Scleral lens                                                                       Post RK Surgery Uncorrected and corrected