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Laser Eye Surgery and Chronic Pain

An extra from In the blink of an eye Lingering questions about LASIK’s long-term effects  8 September 2015 The offers began arriving by email in January: a chance at clearer vision for the special price of US$299 per eye. Over the next four months, I received 20 ads from the same company – each offering... Read More »

BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY PUBLISHES DR. ROSENTHAL’S NEW DRY EYE THEORY AND WHAT HE CALLS OCULOFACIAL PAIN

Ocular neuropathic pain Perry Rosenthal,1David Borsook2   ABSTRACT As the biological alarm of impending or actual tissue damage, pain is essential for our survival. However, when it is initiated and/or sustained by dysfunctional elements in the nociceptive system, it is itself a disease known as neuropathic pain. While the critical nociceptive system provides a number... Read More »

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Chronic Pain Following Laser Keratorefractive Surgery*

Conclusions The duration of putative centralized corneal neuropathic pain exceeded 2 years at the time of our initial consultation in all patients. This cohort consisted of 15 women and 6 men. 62% of patients reported a pain-free interval between the resolution of surgical pain and onset of chronic corneal pain which ranged from 3 days to 15 years. Excluding the 15 year outlier, the median delay in the onset of chronic pain following surgery was 1.5 years. 14 of 17 patients who had worn soft contact lenses prior to surgery had developed intolerance to these devices. Of the 4 patients without