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Monday, May 20, 2013

CHALAZION AFFECTS REFRACTIVE ERROR

This study in the Journal of Cornea and External Disease determined whether or not chalazion affects refractive error.  It concludes: 

Chalazion increases higher-order aberrations, as measured by the Hartmann–Shack aberrometer, which could affect the preoperative evaluation and results of refractive surgery, especially wavefront-guided approaches. Chalazion excision could reduce ocular aberrations and is recommended before refractive surgeries.

My personal experience is the same with dermatochalasis. That means we should delay corrective refraction if a person is considering surgery.

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