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What Do You know about "DEWS"?
August 9, 2018

"DEWS" and Dry Eyes

What do you know about ‘DEWS’?  Now, we are in the South, so I am not talkin’ about ‘doos you know this’ or ‘doos you know that’.  I’m talking about DEWS.  DEWS stands for the Dry Eye Workshop Study Group, an international collection of expert Optometrists and Ophthalmologists that specialize in dry eyes.  They have recently published their second collective report to advise practitioners and patients on one of the more common eye problems in the world – dry eyes or more commonly and accurately known as ocular surface disease/disorder.  Dry Eyes as a title can sound confusing simply because a lot of the time a patient will say ‘my eyes don’t feel dry; however, they do burn, or they itch, or they feel scratchy, or they hurt, or they water a lot (isn’t that a confusing symptom for a person with dry eyes?!).

To bring us all to the same page, ocular surface disorders or what we’ll call dry eyes are typically caused by two types of underlying problems.  Either you don’t produce enough (water) or the tears you have evaporate away quickly.  This latter cause is due to the small oil glands at the base of the eye lids
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