It is not uncommon to experience excessive tearing after having a LASIK procedure. Excessive
tears are the result of the lacrimal gland not functioning properly. Whenever you blink, the
eyelid provides moisture to encompass the eye. A wet eye is a healthy eye. The lacrimal gland, when functioning
properly, produces enough moisture to keep the eye wet. The lacrimal duct is located on the inside corner of the
eye where the nose starts to form. This condition is referred to as Lacrimal Drainage Dacryocystorhinostomy
There are numerous eye conditions that are resolved by LASIK and there are a few that may increase your risk of
experiencing excessive tearing such as those with hyperopia and presbyopia sufferer. Many people who wore contact
lenses before their surgery and people who suffer from insomnia are more apt to experience an over production of
tears. The symptoms may have originally presented themselves as dry eyes because there was
irritation from inadequate tear production and the body tries to over compensate by over producing tears after the
Symptoms of excessive tearing are chronic reddening of the eyes, swelling in the eye area, excessive tearing,
pain and infection.
Ignoring a problem with excessive tearing can lead to infection. Infections of the eye, if they are left
untreated, can cause severe damage to the nerves of the eye and vision loss as well. And it will render your LASIK
ineffective. Consult with your eye doctor for the proper recourse and treatment.
Before you leave after your LASIK procedure, your doctor will examine your eye and they may also prescribe some
antibiotic eye drops as well. The doctor may also tell you to massage the tear duct along your eye and nose to help
In order to help prevent this side effect from occurring post op after LASIK, doctors often prescribe some basic
care instructions for you to follow. These after procedure instructions include:
- Do not rub your eye. If you have to rub or touch your eye do so with a soft piece of tissue lightly. Avoid
swimming for one to two weeks after the procedure until l you have received the doctor's approval.
- Do not allow water from showers or any type of splashing get onto the eye for a week after the surgery.
Your cornea still needs to completely close and heal. This will prevent infection.
- Do not use any eye makeup until you have your doctor's approval. This includes mascara and eye liner.
- Use the natural tear solution that is provided as often as you like to relieve the discomfort you be
feeling from the LASIK. It is important to keep the eyes lubricated and comfortable with the prescribed