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Who Has Dry Eye?

“Dry Eye is a multi-factorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles.”
-The Dry Eye WorkShop Study II, 2017
“Dry Eye is a multi-factorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage of the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.”
-The Dry Eye WorkShop Study, 2007


Who has dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye is a chronic and progressive disease that affects millions of men and women every day. An estimated 3.2 million women and 1.7 million men over the age of 50 struggle with some form of dry eye.


Dry eye affects people of all ages! If you experience any symptoms such as: dry, gritty, itchy, burning eyes, light sensitivity, blurry vision, watery eyes, fatigue, or experience difficulty wearing contact lenses, you may have dry eye syndrome.

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Additionally, other factors such as your home and working environment, digital device usage, hormones, auto-immune disease, diet, medications, and laser surgery (LASIK/PRK) can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eye Disease is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface. Dry eye, an often chronic and progressive ocular disease, is one of the most common complaints to eye care professionals, and represents a significant unmet medical need

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