Managing Underlying Conditions Due to Dry Eye is Essential for Successful LASIK and Cataract Surgery, Top Washington, D.C. Eye Surgeons Say; Avenova Lid & Lash Hygiene is Effective in Managing those Conditions.
Dr. Shilpa Rose, an ophthalmologist at Whitten Laser Eye based in Washington, D.C., today is making a public service announcement about the problem of Dry Eye in patients undergoing refractive eye surgery – and how a new product, Avenova® Lid & Lash Hygiene by NovaBay Pharmaceuticals (NYSE MKT: NBY), can help manage this problem.
That’s a problem for eye surgeons. “To get the best possible outcome in surgery, it is imperative that the surface of the eye is in optimal condition, which means first managing the patient’s Dry Eye,” explains Dr. Rose. “Fortunately, we are finding that we can successfully manage many of the variables of Dry Eye with Avenova®, an innovative daily lid and lash hygiene spray.”
An estimated 4,000,000 Americans every year undergo various types of eye surgery, such as LASIK and cataract surgery. By reshaping the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK has dramatically improved the vision-and quality of life-for millions of people. With the introduction of multifocal IOL’s, cataract surgery patients are now able to retain their full range of vision. Whitten Laser Eye is one of the leading refractive surgical practices nationally, with many high profile patients, including Tiger Woods.
Many of the patients coming in for surgery suffer from a condition known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) Dry Eye, especially those who wear contact lenses.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Dry Eye is typically caused or exacerbated by tiny microbes-bacteria and parasitic mites that live on the eyelids. The microbes cause inflammation and block glands near the eye-the meibomian gland-from releasing a natural oil needed for the protective film of tears on the eyes. The microbes also produce lipase, an enzyme that breaks up the crucial oil. “As a result, the eyes lack the normal protective tear film,” says Dr. Rose. “Not only can that be a painful and sometimes debilitating condition for patients, it also makes refractive eye surgery more difficult.”
Avenova directly tackles the major cause of Dry Eye. It is the only lid hygiene product to contain pure 0.01% hypochlorous acid, manufactured by the Neutrox method. Hypochlorous acid is naturally produced in our own white blood cells. In vitro testing shows that hypochlorous acid kills harmful bacteria. It also blocks inflammatory agents released by both the bacteria and the body, and breaks up the enzyme lipase that attacks the tear-protection oil from the meibomian glands.
“I love Avenova,” says Dr. Rose. “Avenova provides an easy, safe and cost effective regimen to help manage MGD Dry Eye. Dr. Whitten and I now implement Avenova treatment for our refractive and cataract surgeries preoperatively and have been very pleased with the results.”
SOURCE: Whitten Laser Eye