slee104611 wrote:I thought severe dry eye cleared up after 3 to 6 months.
The vast majority of patients who have Lasik induced dry eye resolve within six monts of surgery, however not everyone (unfortunately). It seems that if the dry eye is only related to the surgery it resolves within six months, however if surgery exacerbates pre-existing dry eye conditions or borderline dry eye, the problem may be more long term.
slee104611 wrote:Also, assuming Restasis worked, does this mean that I have to use it for the rest of my life?
Restasis is a medication for the treatment of long-term dry eye - and that can be a lifetime. It is also used to help provide relief for people with temporary Lasik induced dry eye, however it may be recommended to use Restasis for as long as the dry eye does not resolve.
slee104611 wrote:Is it still possible for my tears to form naturally or should I just throw in the towel and come to grips that my condition is permanent?
It is possible that the dry eye will resolve, however be prepared to need dry eye management for the long-term.