A LASIK Complication-Oil Gland Secretions |
n the hands of a well trained, experienced, and seasoned refractive surgeon, LASIK is a very good procedure with excellent results. IntraLASIK which is the same procedure that employs a laser to create the flap is even better. An often over looked complication of the procedure is the affect that the oil glands have on the final results.
Meibomian(oil) glands, or Tarsal glands as they are sometimes known are sebaceous glands located in the tarsal plate of the eye lids. These are found near the rim of the lids, and are responsible for the production of sebum which is an oily material.
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PRK and Other Treatment for Recurrent Corneal Erosions
n injury to the outer layer of the cornea, the Epithelium, usually heals with in a few days, and results in no long term damage. However, if the Epithelium does not fully reattach to the underlying layer, Bowmanís Layer, then that focal point may be a source of future problems. This is called a Recurrent Corneal Erosion, RCE.
An individual wakes up in the morning in severe pain upon opening their eyes. The affected eye is red and extremely light sensitive. It improves as the day progresses, but takes several days to fully remediate. This event re-occurs every few weeks, or months each time being worse then the time before. Lasting longer, hurting more, and not fully remediating.
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LASIK and the Dry Eye Revisited
he many benefits of LASIK are obvious, vision without glasses, however several side affects must always be considered prior to surgery. One of the most significant, and bothersome is Dry Eyes. Most individuals that undergo the procedure will experience at least some dryness, yet others will be greatly affected.
There has been a great deal of research, and clinical trials performed in an effort to determine the exact cause of the post operative dry eye, but the specific etiology has yet to be determined. One such theory is the Neural Feedback Loop Theory. This theory suggests that the disruption in the corneal nerve fibers...
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Vitamins A, E, and C all appear to offer benefits for overall eye health. For example vitamin A may reduce the risks of cataracts and night blindness. Further a deficiency in vitamin A has been implicated in blindness and corneal ulcers. Vitamin E plays a role in the reducing the risk for macular degeneration and cataracts; finally, vitamin C reduces pressure in Glaucoma, slows age related degeneration and provides resistance to cataracts. It appears that vitamins are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the effects of oxidation that contributes to the destruction of health tissues and is strongly implicated in macular degeneration.