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

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Dr David Chan

"Ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience"

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.

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.
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