Dry eye syndrome is the most common side effect of LASIK, with as high as 95% of patients reporting dry eyes after surgery. But it is important to keep in mind that as high as 75% of patients have dry eye before surgery.
Treatment for dry eyes is usually covered under your major medical insurance and not typically covered under supplemental vision insurance.
Dry eye comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s different for each person. While I often refer to it as the “Sands of the Sahara,” as in itchy and scratchy eyes, it can also be too much tearing or excess mucous.
Topics: dry eye
In my previous post, “How to Choose a Dry Eye Specialist,” I discussed the three keys to look for: expertise, experience, and excellence. Those three Es are central in choosing a doctor to treat any ailment. So, how do I stack up on that list?
If you’ve been following the Dry Eye Series on my blog, you’re aware of the wide range of causes and treatments to alleviate dry eye symptoms and provide long term care.
There are many, many options for treating dry eyes, most of which are either new or just haven’t been thought of in a long time. With this in mind, I’ve developed a list of five categories of treatment and tried to give you a broad insight into what’s available.
Research has shown a surge in dry eye cases tied to spring allergies. You can read about the findings at Science Daily’s Rise in Spring Allergen’s Linked to Increased Dry Eye Cases.
I’ve written extensively about dry eyes based on my decades of experience treating all types of dry eyes. In fact, I’ve founded a special dry eye treatment center here at Vision Source Plano.
I really like the quote: “The eye is like a microcosm of the entire body within a small little ball.” This quote is from Dr. Sunir J. Garg in the article “6 Ways Arthritis Can Affect Your Eyes” on the Arthritis Foundation website.
I see quite a number of patients reporting dry eye syndrome. With over three million cases treated each year and 5% of Americans complaining of some form of dry eye, you can see why.