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LASIK and Allergy Season: Managing Eye Irritation After Surgery

Experiencing eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, can be quite uncomfortable and disruptive. This agitation is often a combination of several symptoms that affect the eyes, leading to a distinctive and bothersome experience. After undergoing LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery, patients may experience a range of sensations and symptoms as their eyes heal. If you have allergies, these symptoms can be exacerbated and may feel particularly uncomfortable. Ideally, having LASIK before allergy season is your best solution to proactively ensure your vision has time to adjust and recover. For more information about scheduling a LASIK consultation at Bonner Eye Clinic visit WEBSITE

Common post LASIK symptoms include dryness, sensitivity, grittiness, itching and irritation. These also happen to be typical symptoms associated with eye allergies. As part of the LASIK recovery process, eye care professionals often prescribe a variety of eye drops to aid in recovery and ensure optimal healing. These eye drops serve multiple purposes, including preventing infection, reducing inflammation and alleviating dryness. Important considerations when using eye drops include following the precise instructions given by your doctor, avoiding contamination, appropriate storage solutions as some may require refrigeration and others can be kept at room temperature. If you experience any severe side effects such as persistent pain, extreme redness or vision changes, it is important to contact your doctor right away. 

Managing eye irritation after LASIK surgery can be resolved with simple strategies. In addition to medications, including steroid eye drops that will taper off within a week or so post-surgery, minimize exposure by avoiding outdoor allergens, especially during high pollen seasons. Applying a cold compress to closed eyes can help reduce swelling and provide soothing relief from itching and burning. Use a humidifier, particularly in dry climates or during winter when indoor heating can reduce humidity levels. Adequate hydration helps maintain tear production and reduce dryness. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like fish, flaxseeds and walnuts) can help reduce inflammation. Staying hydrated and consuming a healthy diet are beneficial not just after LASIK but for overall eye health. 

Having allergies after LASIK can amplify the typical post-operative symptoms, leading to increased dryness, itching, irritation, grittiness and light sensitivity. Managing these symptoms through prescribed medications, maintaining a clean environment and adhering to follow-up care can help ensure a smoother recovery and better overall eye health. If you have any concerns, always consult your eye care professional for personalized guidance and support. Call Bonner Eye Clinic at 218-326-3433 for an exam to discuss your symptoms. To learn more about remedy relief options, visit WEBSITE

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