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  • Useful studies and articles on neuropathic corneal pain
    Rebecca Petris
    Many thanks to Beth @ Boston Foundation for Sight for the following links:

    2012
    Quantitative characterization reveals three types of dry-sensitive corneal afferents: pattern of discharge, receptive field, and thermal and chemical sensitivity.
    J Neurophysiol. 2012 Nov;108(9):2481-93. doi: 10.1152/jn.00523.2012. Epub 2012 Aug 22.
    Hirata H, Fried N, Oshinsky ML.
    Dept. of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson Univ., JAH 398, 1020 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Harumitsu.Hirata@Jefferson.edu.

    Rheumatology.org - presentation by Dr. Ramaesh (discussses Sjogrens and corneal neuropathic pain)

    2010
    NEI Workshop on Ocular Pain and Sensitivity:
    Overview
    List of participants
    Summary of white papers

    Post-LASIK tear dysfunction and dysesthesia. Ocul Surf. 2010 Jul;8(3):135-45. Nettune GR, Pflugfelder SC. Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77098, USA. ...
    05-Dec-2012, 21:32
  • Pain resources
    Rebecca Petris
    Many thanks to Beth @ Boston Foundation for Sight for providing these resources!

    Chronic Eye Pain Resources

    1. Daily Strength
    http://www.dailystrength.org/

    Daily Strength is an online support group hub, with links to more than 500 groups and forums. This community of more than 5,700 members includes groups on many eye-related topics, including: dry eyes, blindness and visual impairment, keratoconus, cancers, chronic pain, shingles, scleroderma, and many more.

    2. Patients Like Me
    www.patientslikeme.com Patients Like Me is a website with more than 150,000 members dedicated to putting patients first. They do this by providing a better, more effective way for you to share your real-world health experiences in order to help yourself, other patients like you and organizations that focus on your conditions. On their website you can: Read about pati...
    05-Dec-2012, 21:23
  • Clinical Trial Roster
    Rebecca Petris
    Please see clinical trial roster at this link.
    03-May-2011, 00:36
  • Causes of dry eye
    Rebecca Petris
    What causes dry eye?

    All eyecare websites usually have a list of dry eye causes. However, they're usually not all causes. Many of the things on the list are simply factors that make symptoms worse. And some simply act as triggers for a severe dry eye crisis when the underlying causes were there all along.

    At the end of the day, it is impossible to differentiate amongst all these things. Most people with dry eye have multiple factors involved, and sorting out which ones are chickens, eggs, or coincidental factors is not easy.

    So, I'm going to use a slightly different heading for my list:

    Causes, symptom-worseners and triggers of dry eye

    Aging
    Aging is directly associated with a reduction in lipid production from the meibomian glands, resulting in evaporative dry eye.

    Climate and other environmental factors Outdoors and indoors, humidity level...
    28-Jan-2011, 00:26
  • Dry eye symptoms
    Rebecca Petris
    Some of the most common symptoms of dry eye:
    • Feeling like there is something in your eye (foreign body sensation)
    • Scratchy, gritty eyes
    • Aching or sore eyes
    • Smarting or burning eyes
    • Eyes tire easily, particularly noticeable from reading, watching TV or using a computer
    • Contact lens discomfort or intolerance
    • Excessive mucus discharge
    • Watery eyes
    • Eyes easily irritated by smoke
    • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
    • Fluctuating vision
    • Blurred vision, particularly first thing in the morning,
    ...
    28-Jan-2011, 00:21
  • What is dry eye?
    Rebecca Petris
    Dry eye is a catch-all term for what happens to people when one or more things go wrong with the tear layer (tear film) on your eyes. A healthy tear film nourishes and protects your sensitive surface tissues and is also an important part of providing clear vision. An unhealthy tear film can cause many different kinds and degress of discomfort or pain and can interfere with good vision. Unfortunately we are stuck with this silly term "dry eye", which is both inaccurate and misleading. First, it's usually inaccurate as most people with "dry e...
    28-Jan-2011, 00:15
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