LASIK and Eye Allergies

LASIK and Eye Allergies - Pomona, NY

Nov 6, 2015 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A man applying eye dropsWhether it’s the arrival of fall or spring, or you are in particularly dusty conditions, eye allergies can be a major nuisance. As your eyes become dry and itchy, it can become increasingly difficult to resist the urge to rub your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies can be an even bigger problem. The dryness associated with eye allergies can make it uncomfortable to wear contact lenses. If you itch your eyes while wearing contact lenses, you may dislodge them, causing more discomfort. In many cases, when eye allergies are at their worst, patients can’t wear their contact lenses and must rely on eyeglasses to see clearly. This may lead patients to undergo LASIK surgery, a permanent vision correction option. At Palisades Laser Eye Center, Dr. Richard Gordon can determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. To learn more about LASIK and eye allergies, contact our Pomona, NY practice today.

Can I Undergo LASIK if I have Eye Allergies?

Having eye allergies will not preclude you from being a good candidate for LASIK surgery. However, there are other factors that may make patients undesirable LASIK candidates. To undergo LASIK, you should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a stable vision prescription for at least two years
  • Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be in good general health, free of autoimmune diseases or uncontrolled medical conditions
  • Not have eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, keratoconus, corneal disease, and retinal and optic nerve disease
  • Not have chronic dry eyes
  • Not have an eye injury or infection in the last few months
  • Be willing to stop wearing contact lenses for up to a month before surgery

Precautions for Patients with Eye Allergies

While patients with eye allergies can undergo LASIK surgery, there are some precautions that they should take into consideration. First, and perhaps most importantly, patients should not rub, touch, or itch the eyes after LASIK surgery. This can be particularly difficult for patients with eye allergies. To avoid the urge, you may wish to schedule your LASIK surgery for a time of year when you are less likely to have eye allergies. You may also wear your LASIK goggles for longer than the mandatory one-day period. The goggles will prevent unconscious or unintended rubbing of the eyes.

Rubbing or touching the eyes can affect your healing in two ways. First, rubbing the eyes can dislodge the healing corneal flap. The corneal flap heals quickly, but to be safe, patients should avoid rubbing their eyes for at least a week after LASIK surgery. Second, touching the eyes can increase your risk of an eye infection. Because an incision is made in the corneal tissue, the underlying structures of the eyes are more vulnerable to infection. To limit the risk of infection, do not touch your eyes with your fingers or eye drop dispensers for at least a week after surgery.

LASIK surgery can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life, especially if the patient suffers from eye allergies. To schedule your LASIK consultation, contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.