• Which type of cataract surgery is better with dry eye?


    Question:

    I have cataracts, dry eyes, and astigmatism. I am confused as to whether laser or traditional cataract surgery is best for me with my dry eyes. Is there a significant difference between them in regard to post-operative vision and dry eye symptoms?


    Answer:

    Some physicians prefer laser–assisted cataract surgery, and some do not.

    The data do not yet show a clear benefit of one over the other. More important here is that you identify your goals and if you want better uncorrected distance vision you may consider a toric IOL to correct astigmatism. If you would like to possibly be much freer from glasses and read without glasses, then a toric IOL that is also a multifocal or extended depth of focus toric lens may be able to accomplish this.

    Once you decide on your IOL, then laser assisted or conventional surgery are both fine and you can decide with your surgeon.


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