For us to see clearly, and have a comfortable eye, it is not enough for the eye itself to be healthy. We must also have an excellent tear film. The tear film forms a thin protective layer over the surface of the eye.
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Ophthalmologist, explains the symptoms and treatment options of dry eye.
What is Dry Eye
The eye functions similarly to a camera, requiring a lens to focus light in order for us to see clearly. When we are born, our eye has a crystal-clear lens that performs this function, but as we age, the lens can become cloudy, resulting in light blockage and blurriness. This change in the lens is known as a cataract. Eventually, we will all develop a cataract and require surgery. While the idea of eye surgery can be intimidating, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures globally, and it has a high safety rating.
The procedure is typically a fast, outpatient surgery that involves breaking down and
removing the cataract through a micro incision. A new intraocular lens (IOL) is then inserted
to replace the old lens and focus light. There are many types of IOL designs available, with
some correcting astigmatism and others offering focus over multiple distances to reduce the
need for reading glasses. The appropriate IOL for each patient is usually determined through
a discussion between the patient and the doctor.
Vision may be somewhat blurry on the day of the procedure, with clear vision returning over
several days or weeks. Fortunately, serious complications such as infection or retinal
detachment occur in less than 1% of patients and are treatable if detected early. Keeping post-operative appointments is important to catch any issues early. Less serious complications, such as swelling or the need for minor adjustments or lens replacements, can occur but are manageable with existing solutions. Often seeing a local Ophthalmologists or Optometrist in conjunction with your family physician or a registered dietician is a great option to dealing with eye conditions and symptoms.
Overall, satisfaction rates after cataract surgery are high, as it is a procedure that can make a positive change to both vision and quality of life. Dr. Greg Moloney, MBBS, BSC MED, MMED, FRCSC, Ophthalmologist, explains the symptoms and treatment options of dry eye.