The short answer is that if your dry eye is being treated and is comfortably under control, you can have LASIK surgery. However, research has shown that undergoing LASIK surgery if you already have dry eyes can increase your chances of having complications after the procedure. Therefore, if you have a severe form of dry eye, it is not recommended that you undergo LASIK. An alternative option is the Visian ICL implantable contact lens.
When considering the possibility of a patient undergoing LASIK surgery, the surgeon will determine if dry eyes are being treated or if the risk of complications would be too high. Several studies have shown that PRK is neither more nor less effective in reducing dry eye syndrome than LASIK, but this may be a viable option for those with thin corneas or an active lifestyle. It is important to note that LASIK surgery can cause or worsen dry eyes. If you start to have pain, itching, or burning in your eyes several months after LASIK surgery, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Additionally, it is important to treat any pre-existing dry eyes before undergoing surgery. Overall, if your dry eye is being treated and is comfortably under control, you can have LASIK surgery. However, it is important to discuss all available options with your eye doctor during your evaluation and consultation with LASIK to ensure that you are making the best decision for your individual situation.