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BLOG: Explaining tearing in dry eye

BLOG: Explaining tearing in dry eye
July 1, 2015

In a recent OSN column, “SkyVision enters age of LipiFlow,” I was in a confessional mode. As long as that’s the case, I suppose I should just run with it. I confess, I am finding and actually reading more and more dry eye/ocular surface disease articles in honest-to-goodness scientific journals. Seriously, I almost don’t know who I am anymore.

The latest is in Ophthalmology by Arita and colleagues, and it may provide the answer to two perplexing questions we all have faced, one age-old and the other rather new. Why do dry eye patients tear? Why do symptomatic dry eye patients sometimes have a low tear osmolarity? Indeed, the title of the article pretty much tells the tale: “Increased tear fluid production as a compensatory response to meibomian gland loss.” This is a very nice companion piece to Dr. Lindstrom’s thoughts on meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) in the June 10 edition of OSN.

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