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Effect of hinge position on corneal sensation and dry eyeparameters after femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK.
...Aggressive dry eye regimens are needed for patients with preoperative dry eye.
Someday I'd like to see a LASIK study that concludes,
...Aggressive screening and education are needed for patients with preoperative dry eye.
Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
This is the kind of study that makes me grind my teeth.
The technical term for it is GIGO (garbage in, garbage out).
First clue is "self-reported dry eye". Second clue is "a questionnaire" - as opposed to specifying the name of a scientifically validated questionnaire. Now if they really did use a decent questionnaire I'll have a new case of foot in mouth disease but in my experience if they're going to use a validated questionnaire, they say so
... Nothing particularly groundbreaking here... and I'd like to know how they measured symptoms.
Punctal plugs for treatment of post-LASIK dry eye.
To evaluate the efficacy of punctal plugs for patients with post-LASIK dry eye.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
A prospective study was conducted on 25 eyes of 18 patients who underwent LASIK. All eyes fulfilled the Japanese dry-eye criteria and had not responded to conventional treatment with
No matter what the scientifically accepted follow-up standards for this sort of cohort study, I am always suspicious of any complications data that reports 6+month postoperative results for less than half of the patients that underwent ANY elective refractive surgery. Why? Because I know how many people ditch their doctor in favor of someone else when they have post-operative complaints after such a surgery (as opposed to medically necessary eye surgery). 64 out of 180. Really? That the best you
I guess I'm on the warpath this morning.
Refractive surgery research at its best.
1) Purports to assess dry eye amongst its outcome measures (after all, it's the #1 complication so they'd better pay it lip service)
2) Then it uses the most unreliable not to mention barbaric method to evaluate dry eye (Schirmer)
3) Then it doesn't tell us what the dry eye results were, because naturally, only vision matters.