Improve Surgical Outcomes by Preparing the Ocular Surface Before the Procedure.
Surgical outcomes seem so directly correlated to the actual surgical procedure that it’s easy to neglect the importance of pre-op procedures. Many well- respected ophthalmic professionals have suggested that, what we encourage patients to do prior to their procedure has an incredibly profound effect on the surgical outcomes. By helping patients increase the health of the ocular surface prior to their operation, surgical outcomes will improve and there will be a decrease in complaints of dry eye symptoms after surgery.
The Importance of Ocular Health Prior to Surgery
This article from the Review of Ophthalmology states, “because ocular surface issues such as dry eye can affect patients outcomes after cataract or refractive surgery, it’s important to establish a healthy ocular surface preoperatively.” Dr. Leslie E. O'Dell writes, “previously undiagnosed dry eye is a leading cause of complications and patient dissatisfaction after cataract surgery. Some studies show that dry eye disease can develop in the post-operative period in a previously healthy eye, and will worsen for patients with existing disease.”
Preparing the Ocular Surface for Surgery
Nearly 80% of cataract-age patients have dry eye disease, which contributes to inaccurate visual outcomes after refractive surgery. If dry eye symptoms can be systematically identified and addressed prior to surgery it will result in improved surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction. The Review of Ophthalmology emphasizes the importance of improving the tear film layer to establish optimum ocular surface health prior to surgery. This can be done by encouraging patients to use the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress.
Moist Heat Eye Compress Improves Surgical Results
The Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress is an ideal tool for increasing patient compliance and improving ocular surface health prior to surgery. This simple, easy-to-use warm eye compress helps naturally rehydrate eyes by freeing blockages in the meibomian glands and allowing for the natural return of healthy lipid oils. Patients can use the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress from the comfort of their homes up to three times a day to rehydrate eyes, stabilize the tear film layers, and improve overall ocular surface health.
Maintaining and Improving Eye Health After Surgery
Encouraging patients to keep their eyes adequately hydrated after surgery is a great way to ensure proper recovery and to help maintain healthy eyes after surgery. Patients should use the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress daily to maintain a stable tear film layer and reduce dry eye symptoms. Offer the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress to your patients directly through your practice or direct them to Bruder.com to learn more.