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Refractive Surgery/Lasik

Combining therapies improve post-LASIK dry eye symptoms

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Combining therapies such as intense pulsed light (IPL), heated eye mask (HEM), and 0.1% sodium hyaluronate (SH), may help improve the signs and symptoms of post-LASIK dry eye, according to a study.

In this study, 50 eyes of participants with persistent post-LASIK DE were treated with IPL and 0.1% SH (IPL group) and 50 eyes were treated with IPL in combination with 0.1% SH and HEM (IPL + group). The IPL+ group underwent 2 IPL sessions and daily HEM for 4 weeks while the IPL group underwent 2 IPL sessions. Both groups used daily 0.1% SH preservative-free eye drops.

All DE parameters evaluated in this study improved significantly at 4 weeks follow-up compared with baseline measurements.

At 4 weeks follow up, there were significant differences between IPL+group and the IPL group in their non-invasive tear break-up time, tear film lipid layer, lower tear meniscus height, meibomian gland quality, meibomian gland expressibility, and ocular surface disease index. No significant difference was noted between the groups in corneal fluorescein staining and artificial tear usage.

Reference
Wu Y, Xu L, Song Y, et al. Management of Post-LASIK Dry Eye with Intense Pulsed Light in Combination with 0.1% Sodium Hyaluronate and Heated Eye Mask. Ophthalmol Ther. 2021;doi: 10.1007/s40123-021-00418-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34741758.

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