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Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA

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Dry Eye

Lifestyle Modifications Improve Dry Eyes in Aging Patients

February 23, 2024 It has been well established that as we age, the risk of dry eye disease increases. Although we can’t alter the inevitability of aging, there are modifiable risk factors within our control,

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Dry Eye

When Dry Eye Connects to a Systemic Etiology

January 23, 2024 When a patient has dry eye, dry mouth, and arthritis, it is important to evaluate for autoimmune disease. This includes Sjögren’s syndrome, a persistent autoimmune systemic disease involving the entire body that

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Dry Eye

Understanding Corneal Neuropathic Pain

December 20, 2023 When a patient complains about burning, dryness, and ocular pain, we often expect to see clinical signs that correlate. However, what happens when a patient has significant subjective complaints but the eye

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Dry Eye

Diagnosing and Treating Neurotrophic Keratitis

November 21, 2023 We presume that patients will inform us about their dry eye symptoms when they experience them. However, there are instances where patients may report only blurry vision as a symptom, despite having

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Dry Eye

A Diagnosis and New Treatment for Dry Eye Disease

October 30, 2023 Over the past several years, we have seen many advances in the treatment of dry eye disease. While all these advances are wonderful for our patients, it can sometimes leave clinicians asking,

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Dry Eye

How Lifestyle Impacts Dry Eye Disease

October 3, 2023 Many patients ask if there are modifications in their day-to-day activities that can help alleviate dry eye symptoms. While we have known for some time that lifestyle can impact the severity of

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Dry Eye

More ZZZs Can Mean Less Dry Eye Disease

August 17, 2023 We are all aware of the importance of sleep and how it affects daily life, including dry eye disease (DED). A substantial 40% of American adults get fewer than seven hours of

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