Have you noticed that patients considering refractive surgery (PRK or LASIK) or intraocular lenses (IOL) have huge expectations and very little concern about postop complications? As well, what are you doing these days in preoperative counseling and testing to ensure conditions like dry eye disease (DED) are diagnosed and discussed with your patients? With all the hype of laser cataract surgery, custom LASIK and premium IOLs, patients think they should have “super vision” following surgery. In an article written by Cheryl Guttman Krader in Ophthalmology Times titled “Understanding new insights on patient experiences after LASIK” reveals interesting data in the study, designed to set an appropriate benchmark for LASIK outcomes.
Francis Price Jr., MD. discussed the design looking at both LASIK and contact lens patients who as of Sept. 2013 had enrolled its target population of 2,000 patients wearing spectacles or contact lenses. Responses to a follow-up survey at 1 year were available from 460 subjects who stayed in contact lenses, 579 patients who went from wearing contact lenses to have LASIK, and 199 patients who wore glasses at entry and then had LASIK. Among some of the outcomes were vision related driving difficulty, dry eye symptoms and use of artificial tears use. Dr Price stated that data on dry eye indicted DED complaints are common in those needing vision correction and “the prevalence is probably widely under appreciated and speaks to a need for better dry eye treatments.”
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