Three (3) million Americans have cataract surgery each year. The Federal government spending $3.4 billion through Medicare to treat cataracts.1 Recent estimates indicate that approximately 15% of the US population older than age 65 has dry eye.2 "If you assume that two million cataract patients are older than 65, and 15% have dry eye, then approximately 300,000 of the patients who undergo cataract surgery each year will suffer from dry eye."
This represents 750,000 people worldwide.
Why Dry Eyes after Cataract surgery?Since majority of the cataracts occur in people who are over 65, they are also the group that is most prone to have dry eyes due to:
- Aging. – Dry eye is a common condition for people over 50.
- Trauma to the cornea during surgery – creating an uneven surface which causes friction when blinking. Resulting in inflammation and dry eyes.
Preoperative care.There are 3 important tests to be done to determine if the patient has dry eyes before surgery.
- Rose Bengal Staining,
- Schirmer’s Test ( or Zone Quick) to measure tear volume,
- Tear Breakup Test to measure tear viscosity.
If dry eyes are detected before surgery, the recommendation is to treat dry eyes and get the cornea into the best condition it can be to minimize dry eye outcome after surgery.
Post Operative Care:After cataract surgery the signs and symptoms of dry eyes typically get worse. Following surgery, patients are prescribed a number of eye drops, usually a steroid, antibiotic and an NSAID( pain killer) Prolonged use of postoperative medications may be one of the contributing factors of the patient's dry eye symptoms. In patients with OSD, it is best to stop or taper medications when they are no longer needed.
- Effectively relief dry eyes without the use of eye drops and restore cornea to the best health it can be before surgery.
- Post-operatively prevent dry eyes and maintain cornea health through accelerated healing, reduce inflammation, and continue secretion of balanced sustainable tear.
- Avoid the use of steroids and side effects.
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