|Headache after Lasik is not common, but is a known complication
that can often be easily resolved.
Headaches after conventional or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, or Epi-Lasik are a known symptom and are often caused by issues
indirectly related to surgery. The common culprits are Lasik induced
temporary dry eye and accommodation adjustments.
Temporary dry eye is a relatively common complication after Lasik
and Bladeless Lasik. Dry eye may occur after PRK, LASEK, and Epi-Lasik,
but is less common. During surgery the nerves that regulate tear
production are disrupted. This tear disruption may lead to irritated,
red, and tired eyes that cause or exacerbate a headache. We have
a detailed article regarding Lasik
dry eye issues.
It is important to remember that the tear production and evacuation
system is connected to the sinus, which is connected to the inner
ear, which is connected to the throat, and on and on. A compromise
in one part of the system can affect the other.
Dry eye, no matter what the cause, can irritate the sinus. Sinus
irritation often presents as a headache surrounding the eyes. Equally,
a sinus problem can contribute to dry eye, which can exacerbate
a sinus problem. It can be a difficult cycle. Lasik dry eye treatment can often resolve a sinus related headache
When focusing on an close object, the natural lens within the
eye is reshaped by tiny muscles. This process is called accommodation.
When refractive surgery changes the way light bends through the eye,
the amount and range of accommodation can change. This change can
temporarily strain the eyes, causing headache. Please review our
article about Lasik eye strain for details.
Looking For Best Lasik Surgeon?
If you are ready to choose a doctor to be evaluated for conventional
or custom wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, or any refractive surgery procedure, we recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization.
Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Lasik Doctor.
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