Harvard Health Letter

Eye surgery and post-op pain

Contact lenses with vitamin E deliver long-lasting anesthetic.

Lasers have revolutionized the world of eye surgery. Unfortunately, the recovery afterward remains an uncomfortable experience that requires eye drops and sometimes prescription pain medications. The eye drops must be placed in the eye every few hours, and the pain medications come with the risk of overmedication and addiction.

But pain relief after laser surgery may soon change. Researchers have discovered a way to deliver a long-lasting anesthetic to the eye using contact lenses.

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