Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Perry Rosenthal discuss the following:
- Since, as you have said, symptoms of dry eye are actually a special type of eye pain, how do you explain why so many people constantly complain of having dry eyes even though their eyes are not dry? . Why does this occur?
- You've written that LASIK surgery is one of the prime causes of persistent dry eye symptoms in eyes that are not really dry. How is this explained?
- I assume the LASIK industry is not happy that you're talking about this. What kind of pushback have you experienced from them?
- Why did you start the Boston EyePain Foundation?
- Is there any hope for people with devastating dry eye symptoms whose eyes seem to have adequate tears?
SUMMARY: If you're going to have LASIK, be aware of all the potential risks, including devastating eye pain which, while it affects only a small percentage of people who have had LASIK, is a real issue.
Perry Rosenthal, MD, founder of the nonprofit Boston EyePain Foundation, specialized in ophthalmology through the residency program of Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. As a resident, he founded the Infirmary’s first Contact Lens Service at the “suggestion” of Professor Edwin P Dunphy, then chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and a visionary who understood the potential of hard contact lenses to improve vision impaired by corneal diseases. Dr. Rosenthal quickly discovered that the usefulness of first generation commercial contact lenses was severely limited by blocking corneal access to oxygen needed to support their metabolism. In effect, these devices asphyxiated the corneas while they were worn. The solution was obvious and Rosenthal co-founded Polymer Technology to develop rigid contact lens plastics that ‘breathed” and compatible solutions known as the Boston Lens™ products. The company was subsequently acquired by Bausch & Lomb.