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Author:  Broken Eyes [ Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:58 pm ]
Post subject:  59% rate of dry eye at 1 post after LASIK

Effect of Punctal Plugs in Patients With Low Refractive Errors Considering Refractive Surgery
Journal of Refractive Surgery Vol. 23 No. 5 May 2007
Monica B. Khalil, MD; Robert A. Latkany, MD; Mark G. Speaker, MD, PhD; Guopei Yu, MD, MPH

Dry eye syndrome is documented as one of the most common complications after LASIK surgery, with incidence reported as high as 59% at 1 month postoperatively. 1 Patient dissatisfaction after LASIK due to dry eye has been reported in 30% of cases.2 It is generally thought that all patients experience temporary mild dry eye after refractive surgery.3 Fifteen percent of patients experience moderate dry eye lasting approximately 3 months postoperatively, whereas 5% have chronic severe dry eye that endures for >/=6 months.4 This may be secondary to multiple factors, including decreased corneal sensation due to severing of corneal nerves, which leads to decreased tear production.5 Patient symptoms associated with this condition include irritation, photophobia, foreign body sensation, and decreased visual acuity.

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