Dry Eye Syndrome affects between 5 and 35 percent of the population worldwide. Remarkably, in the US alone, some 5 million people, age 50 and over, suffer from chronic moderate to severe Dry Eye. Plus millions more suffer from the disease intermittently.
Because the disease afflicts the eyes, symptoms can make life miserable. They can impact the sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life. Earning a living or even performing simple daily tasks can be impossible. In fact, severe cases can be extremely debilitating and even disabling.
A Website About Dry Eye Syndrome
In recent years, more and more television ads have been promoting eye drops that help Dry Eye symptoms. However, many sufferers — especially those with more advanced cases of the disease — find no relief with these treatments. At the same time, doctors frequently offer little else besides warm compresses and eye lid wipes.
In other cases, doctors misdiagnose symptoms. Sometimes, doctors don’t seem to believe their patients. All too often they even tell patients the symptoms are “all in their heads.” Ignored by their doctors, these bewildered patients — who know their pain is real — begin to lose hope. Frustrated and despite their pain, they desperately search for information anywhere. Unfortunately, the information they find is often incorrect, outdated, or lacks credibility.
That is, until now.
This website, grounded in the experience of patients just like you who searched until they eventually found treatments, provides credible information. You can learn about the many debilitating symptoms of this chronic condition. Understand the steps to an accurate diagnosis. Research treatments. Explore why they may or may not be right for you.
The purpose of this website, is to help you, the Dry Eye sufferer, your loved ones, and health care providers. Here, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of the disease. You’ll learn all about Dry Eye and your hope will be restored.
The Epidemiology of Dry Eye Disease: Report of the Epidemiology Subcommittee of the International Dry Eye Workshop (2007)
The Ocular Surface
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