Eye dryness sensations after refractive surgery: impaired tear secretion or "phantom" cornea?

The cornea is richly innervated by various functional types of sensory nerve fibers. When stimulated, these fibers evoke conscious sensations of different quality including ocular dryness, discomfort, and pain. Refractive surgery involves a variable degree of damage to corneal nerves. This leads to an altered expression of membrane ion channels at the… CONTINUE READING