Is Crying Harmful After Lasik Surgery?

There are many myths about Lasik surgery and what to expect after it. But Lasik is in fact one of the safest surgeries you can have. Our patients experience very little side effects from Lasik, and complications are uncommon. Because our eyes are such important organs, it is natural to have fears about the side effects or complications of surgery. Those fears, however, commonly derive from misconceptions and misinformation.

 Lasik Surgery Fears

One of those fears is that we cannot cry after Lasik surgery. This is entirely untrue. We have seen many of our patients cry after surgery, some right afterwards. This is not out of pain, because there is very little discomfort. This is usually out of joy because they can finally see the world clearly. Lasik is a life-changing surgery that often induces feelings of freedom and happiness. Sometimes, that feeling is overwhelming, and people express that through crying.


Crying is one of those things that makes us unique as human beings. It is natural. As Lasik surgeons certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology would concur, we produce tears throughout the day, even when we’re not emotional. While crying for emotional reasons tends to produce more tears, it is still not harmful, even after Lasik. It is considered a good thing to keep the eye lubricated after surgery, as this helps the healing process.


One thing that is potentially harmful about crying after Lasik is the increased chance that you will rub your eyes. With today’s Lasik technology, rubbing your eyes after the procedure is much less of a threat than it used to be. But we advise avoidance of rubbing for about two weeks.

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Lasik surgery is one of the safest procedures and exclusively performed at Caster Eye Center in Beverly Hills. If you have any concerns that need to be addressed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Caster and he will put all your troubles to rest.

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