Speaker: Treat preexisting dry eye disease before LASIK

BOSTON – Dry eye is one of the most common complications of LASIK surgery, but severity is worse in prior dry eye disease patients, according to a speaker here. Postoperatively, occurrence of dry eye peaks at 1 week to about 3 months, regardless of prior dry eye disease, and chronic dry eye disease occurs in about one in five post-LASIK patients and in about 3% to 7% post-PRK patients, Elizabeth Yeu, MD, told colleagues at Cornea Day preceding the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting.

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