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I had Lasik three years ago. I decided to have it because contacts were very uncomfortable for me, my eyes always felt dry and I was constantly sticking my fingers in my eyes and moving my contacts around to try to moisten them up! After Lasik, I still had dry eyes so my doctor put me on Restasis (prescription eye drops) for abount 6 months and that was really the end of the dry eyes. Three years later I have spectacular vision, and NO GLASSES OR CONTACTS! :D However, I do not have astigmatism and I was also 23 when I had the procedure done. As you get older, I think the risks of the procedure increase. If the doctors are telling you that you are a good candidate despite your dry eye issues, I would probably go ahead and do it. Just make sure it is a reputable surgeon and not some discount Lasik center. Your vision is priceless so it's not the time to save a few bucks! That's the best advice I can give you. Good luck!
During my evaluation for lasik (3yrs ago), I was told i had dry eyes and they won't do the surgery if you have dry eyes. Stints were put in my eye ducts and used drops for 7 - 10 days (can't remember) and "undried" my eyes enough for the surgery. I had worn glasses since 1971-2ish and contacts since 1988 ish w/ astigmatism. I still have 20/20 20/15 vision but due to an age thing (52), been wearing readers for about 7yrs. I used wetting drops for a while after the surgery and the stints dissolved themselves. Sometimes my eyes are dry and sometimes they water sooo much. Lasik did not make my eyes drier. I never knew I had dry eyes until the eval for surgery. Lasik is the best money I ever spent, next to my caddy!! I recommend it. It's quite an experience, quick too.
Hi! I absolutely agree with your most recent response - even with custom view/wavefront Lasik (which is supposedly the best right now) halos and dry eyes remain the two main post op complications. I can't say that I really had much problem with dry eyes with my contacts but I sure do now seven weeks after conventional Ilasik; continue to do your homework/search - having Lasik was the hardest decision I ever made primarily because it is the eyes and it is irreversible. I am doing well but am not Yet willing to recommend Lasik; the procedure and all its post-op issues are much more involved than what the media and advertising would have you believe;
good luck to you!

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