Dry Eye Diseases and Ocular Surgery: Practical Guidelines for Canadian Eye Care Practitioners


  • Paul M. Karpecki, OD, FAAO Kentucky Eye Institute, University of Pikeville School of Optometry
  • C. Lisa Prokopich, OD, MSc University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science
  • Louis Racine, MD, FRCSC Université de Montréal, Faculté de médecine, Département d’ophtalmologie
  • Etty Bitton, OD, MSc, FAAO Université de Montréal, École d’optométrie
  • Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD Toronto Eye Care
  • Paul Harasymowycz, MD, FRCSC Montreal Glaucoma Institute
  • Langis Michaud, OD, MsC Université de Montréal, École d’optométrie
  • Victor D. Pegado, MD, FRCSC, Dipl. ABO University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Jean-Sébastien Dufour, OD, MSc Université de Montréal, École d’optométrie
  • Paul Neumann, OD Central Saanich Optometry
  • Andrew Webber, OD Elmsdale Vision Centre
  • John Ashkenas, PHD SCRIPT




Dry eye disease, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, phacoemulsification, LASIK, quality of vision, ocular neuropathic pain


In 2014, the Canadian Dry Eye Disease Consensus Panel published Guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of dry eye diseases (DED). These did not address the implications of DED for individuals who are being considered for or have recently undergone ocular surgery. DED is common in certain surgical cohorts, and the perisurgical setting poses specific challenges, both because surgery can complicate preexisting DED and because symptomatic and non-symptomatic DED place the patient at risk of poor surgical outcomes. The Consensus Panel has developed this Addendum to the 2014 Guidelines to offer guidance on DED care before and after ocular surgery.




How to Cite

Karpecki, P. M., Prokopich, C. L., Racine, L., Bitton, E., Caffery, B., Harasymowycz, P., Michaud, L., Pegado, V. D., Dufour, J.-S., Neumann, P., Webber, A., & Ashkenas, J. (2017). Dry Eye Diseases and Ocular Surgery: Practical Guidelines for Canadian Eye Care Practitioners. Canadian Journal of Optometry, 79(4), 19–33. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjo.79.290

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