Many corneal refractive surgeons are reporting strong patient interest in LASIK, SMILE and PRK as the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its eighth month in the United States.
From a high level, there are several reasons to expect a resurgence of patient interest in corneal refractive surgery. The increasing use of masks makes spectacle wear less desirable secondary to fogging. In addition, air leakage around the masks increases tear evaporation, worsening dry eye symptoms and reducing contact lens tolerance. Finally, savings rates have increased for some over the months of the (Read more...)