Does Cataract Surgery Cause Dry Eyes?

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Cataract surgery does not typically cause dry eyes.

Only two very small incisions are made in the cornea during the procedure. These incisions heal quickly after surgery without stitches and do not significantly affect how many tears your eyes produce.

Though cataract surgery does not cause dry eyes, a pre-existing dry eye condition can sometimes affect the quality of a cataract surgery outcome.

For this reason, during your eye exam and consultation prior to cataract surgery, your eye doctor or surgeon will evaluate the tear film on your eyes. If it appears you have dry eyes, your cataract surgery might be delayed until you undergo dry eye treatment to restore a healthy tear layer on your eyes.

Reviewer - Vance Thompson

About the Reviewer: Vance Thompson, MD, FACS, is the director of refractive surgery at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, S.D. He also is professor of ophthalmology at the Sanford USD School of Medicine, a leading researcher in technologies for laser and implant vision correction and a member of All About Vision's editorial advisory board.

Page updated August 2017