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Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a disease that can cause visual disturbance, discomfort and even permanent damage to the ocular surface.  Studies suggest that the prevalence of dry eye syndrome is high and cataract surgery can bring on or aggravate existing DES. Special considerations should be made for cataract surgery patients with dry eye syndrome to help prevent worsening of existing symptoms. Side effects can cause patients to be unhappy after surgery, particularly patients who chose multifocal IOL’s.   In cases of mild to moderate dry eye syndrome, artificial tears and environmental management are often sufficient treatment.  Punctal occlusion is another option for increasing tear volume and should be considered.  Reducing inflammation of the ocular surface is a primary goal in the management of early moderate to advanced DES.   Treatment of DES may delay cataract surgery in some cases, but it is often a worthwhile investment.  Dry eye disease should be aggressively treated before the surgical plan and IOL selections are finalized.  It is imperative for physicians to be observant for the syndrome when evaluating cataract patients, to plan surgery accordingly, and to aggressively treat the condition preoperatively as well as in the patients’ postoperative period.

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