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How long does dry eyes typically last for after ReLEx SMILE surgery?

Age: 16 - 29
Eye Health
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It is common to experience some level of dryness after laser vision correction (ReLEx SMILE, LASIK, PRK).

Typically, SMILE and PRK have a lower incidence rate of dryness as compared to LASIK. Having said that, as every patient heals differently, there may be some variation in the recovery time for each individual.

Patients may experience dry eye for a few weeks to months after SMILE and will thereafter improve gradually. It usually take about 3 months for the vision to stabilise. Generous use of artificial tears after surgery may help to alleviate the symptoms of dryness.


Dr David Chan
MBChB, MMed, FAMS, MRCS, FRCS

Ophthalmology, Atlas Eye Specialist Centre

290 Orchard Road
Paragon
#07-09 Singapore 238859


214 views 26 Jun 2019
Dry eyes after Relex Smile is probably the most tolerable amongst all the laser refractive procedures.
 
It’s duration may vary from not at all in the mildest cases, whilst the majority of patients may use lubricants for 1-3 months.
 
Very rarely, some patients continue to use ocular lubricants in the long term after surgery.
 
E-Shawn Goh

Dr E-Shawn Goh
MBBS, MRCOphth, MMed, FRCOphth, FRCS, FAMS

EAGLE EYE CENTRE PTE LTD (EEC)

MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTRE D
820 THOMSON ROAD
#06 - 57/58/59/60/61/62 Singapore 574623


165 views 30 Jun 2019
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