What can you do for dry eyes after cataract surgery?
If you experience these symptoms, or have a known dry eye tendency, you should consider using artificial tears liberally for the first few months after cataract surgery to improve comfort. Typically, most patients find relief by using artificial tears 3 – 4 times daily.
What causes dry eyes after cataract surgery?
Dry eye after cataract surgery is mainly because of tear film instability. The incidence of dry eyes is higher and more severe after SICS than after phacoemulsification surgery.
Do dry eyes get worse after cataract surgery?
“Because cataract surgery is incisional and because most cataract patients are older, there is almost always going to be a general worsening of dry eye after cataract surgery,” says Eric Donnenfeld, MD, who is in private practice at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island in Rockville Center , NY .
Is it normal to have dry eye after cataract surgery?
Dry Eye After Cataract Surgery. A lot of people who have had cataract surgery complain of dry eye syndrome (DES). This is unsurprising, considering how cataract surgery is performed. It is very important, therefore, that patients are made aware of this and are given proper methods of treatment after the surgery.
Are there any side effects of cataract surgery?
These include: The surgery itself, which can lead to ocular inflammation. Post-surgical medication, which can be a diuretic. Fluoroquinolones used during cataract surgery, which have been proven to cause tear film disruptions.
How is cyclosporine treated for dry eye after cataract surgery?
In comparison, treatment with cyclosporine appeared to increase the proportion of patients who “never” had dry eye symptoms after cataract surgery. Fifty-three percent of the cyclosporine-treated patients reported no need for artificial tears one month after surgery.
What kind of eye surgery do you need for cataract?
Cataract eye surgery is a very common and medically necessary procedure to remove and replace the eye’s natural lens when the vision has been clouded by a cataract. We offer laser-assisted cataract surgery and lifestyle lenses as options for our patients.
Is dry eye a problem if I am going to have cataract surgery?
Though cataract surgery does not cause dry eyes, a pre-existing dry eye condition can sometimes affect the quality of a cataract surgery outcome. For this reason, during your eye exam and consultation prior to cataract surgery, your eye doctor or surgeon will evaluate the tear film on your eyes.
Can I have cataract surgery if I have dry eyes?
Surgery is possible. Fortunately, cataract surgery is possible for those with dry eyes, although extra steps will usually be taken to control the dry eyes prior to surgery.
Why does cataract surgery cause dry eyes?
Dry eye after cataract surgery is not common five months after the surgery. There are multiple causes for dry eyes. A relatively common problem to explain this is that there may be some plugging of the glands of the eyelids that normally express fluid to lubricate the eye.
Does cataract surgery actually restore eyesight?
The laser creates an opening in the cloudy capsule and is called a posterior capsulotomy (or a YAG laser capsulotomy) . This procedure helps restore clear vision. Cataract surgery will not restore vision lost from other eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.