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    isabellamommy posted:
    I had lasik done in both eyes Oct 2011, had inhancement done in Left eye Sept 2012. I was put on restasis before 2011 surgery for dry eye and I also take Mega Red .

    Just this past few weeks I have has SEVERE dry eye, expecially at night. I will wake up and there is no moisture in my eyes and my eye lids are stuck to my eyes.

    I am allergic to elm and oak pollen, and have had taken allergy shots in the past to control it.

    I went to eye doc. and they gave me liquigel eye drops to help keep the moisture on my eyes. This is working at night. My problem is now during the day my eyes are irritated, blurry vision and just plain hurt.

    I am scheduled to return for follow up next week. Has anyone else had this problem and did it get any better. I would love to be able to see clear again with out the pain.
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    The approach to dry eye in this situation (after LASIK) is pretty much the same as for dry eye in general.

    If dry eyes are relieved by the use of a artificial tears a few times a day, the following measures can be taken.

    1. Change to preservative free artificial tears if using more than a few times a day.
    2. Make sure that you are NOT taking oral antihistamines for your allergies - these will dry out your eyes.
    3. Full oral dose of daily high quality Omega-3 if you don't have a medical reason not to.
    4. Restasis can be continued.
    5. Punctal blocking plugs can be inserted by your ophthalmologist.
    6. Your primary doctor can check for Sjogren's syndrome which might be an underlying cause for dry eyes.


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