Many physicians realize that dry eye treatment is a key part of maximizing good visual outcomes following corneal refractive procedures.
Mitchell A. Jackson, MD, Medical Director of JacksonEye, considers punctal occlusion a vital part of his perioperative routine for cataract surgery patients.
Hear what he has to say about the importance of addressing dry eye symptoms, especially prior to KAMRA™ corneal inlay procedures:
“…the newest, hottest corneal refractive procedure is the [implantation of the] KAMRA™ corneal inlay,” Jackson says, “…and if you get any staining or corneal staining after the surgery, that really impacts [patients’] visual outcome.”
Addressing dry eye symptoms prior to surgery can improve patient satisfaction and enhance post-operative visual acuity. When appropriate, Jackson recommends the Comfortear® Lacrisolve 180™ Absorbable Punctum Plugs, intended for the temporary treatment of dry eye disease.
“…my corneal colleagues are recommending aggressive dry eye treatment, and using the Comfortear® Lacrisolve™ 180 intracanalicular plug has been really helpful in my perioperative treatment regimen for treating dry eye and maintaining a good visual outcome after KAMRA™ corneal inlay,” Jackson remarks.
Jackson also discusses his recommendations for dry eye patients in a recent Ocular Surgery News article, “Punctal plugs an overlooked but effective treatment for dry eye syndrome.”
Paragon BioTeck, Inc., has developed a line of absorbable and non-absorbable punctum plugs to provide occlusion therapy to treat symptoms associated with dry eye disease that may result from allergies, cataracts, or contact lens intolerance. Patients who are unsure whether occlusion therapy is right for them should talk with their eye doctor.
Mitchell A. Jackson, MD, is the Founder/Medical Director of JacksonEye, the premier ophthalmology clinic in the Chicago area.