Eye Surgery & Dry Eye Sensations
Eye surgery such as cataract surgery has been reported to cause dry eye sensations, mainly due to tear film instability.1 A recent study concluded that 42% of people experienced dry eye sensations within one week of undergoing cataract surgery.1
One study found that the reason some patients experienced dry eye sensations after cataract surgery was due to the tear film lipid layer becoming significantly thinner.2 The lipid layer is the most anterior layer of the tear film and plays a vital role in tear film function and stability by preventing tears from evaporating.3 It is when the tears evaporate that patients start to experience dry eye sensations4 such as:
- Itchy eyes
- Sore eyes
- Gritty sensation
- Red eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
To help with dry eye sensations after cataract surgery, you can use a lubricating eye drop. To find out more about dry eye drops and their benefits, visit www.visufarma.co.uk
- Ishrat, S. Nema, N. and Chandravanshi, SCL. Incidence and pattern of dry eye after cataract surgery. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jan-Mar; 33(1): 34–40.
- Kim, J.S. et al Assessment of the Tear Film Lipid Layer Thickness after Cataract Surgery. Semin Ophthalmol. 2018;33(2):231-236.
- Isreb, M.A. Correlation of lipid layer thickness measurements with fluorescein tear film break-up time and Schirmer’s test. Eye. 2003; 17: 79-83.
- NHS Dry Eyes https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/ last accessed March 2021