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Dry Eye News

Eye Drops: LASIK and PRK

ASCRS February 14, 2013


The ASCRS Cornea and Refractive Surgery Clinical Committees have issued a joint alert regarding the use of topical medications immediately prior to or intraoperatively during LASIK and PRK.

Passive Smoking as a Risk Factor of Dry Eye in Children

Journal of Ophthalmology, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 130159

Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, [1-3], and tears film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface [4, 5].


Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke is harmful to ocular tissues through ischemic or oxidative mechanisms [6]. Smoking cigarettes also increases the risk of dry eye syndrome and exacerbates existing conditions [7].


This study aimed to investigate the relationship between passive smoking and dry eye in children.

Prevalence of Dry Eye Disease in U.S. Men

(Arch Ophthalmol, 2009 Jun: 127(6): 763 -768)

Dry eye is one of the most prevalent eye diseases and reasons for seeking eye care among older people. It is an important public health problem, causing an increased risk of ocular infections and bothersome symptoms of ocular discomfort, fatigue, and visual disturbance that interfere with crucial activities such as reading, working on a computer, and driving a car (1–3).

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