Where is the hope for those of us suffering from severe dry eye, outside of the US.
Even if a great treatment was made widely available in the US tommorow, it would be years and years before this treatment was even considered to be made available to me anywhere in Australia (let alone subsidised by the PBS/medicare).
Even once the treatment was made available here, eye docs have no interest in dry eye and it will take another 10 years or more before the average eye doc has even heard of the treatment, let alone routinely offers it to a patient.
The eye docs I have seen think doxy and punctal plugs are radical, new and dangerous treatments. They won't even see you more than once if they determine you just have dry eye, even if the dry eye is clinically very severe and you get corneal ulcers, keratitis etc. Restasis and lacriserts and other things are virtually unheard of here.
What is the point in hoping for new treatments. There are a whole bunch of treatments out there already, as well as diagnostic tests to help narrow down the cause. Eye docs do none of things! They glance at your eye for one second and then they tell you to go away. It doesn't matter what new treatments are discovered, until there is a magic pill that fixes all forms of dry eye, eye docs won't be bothered.
I know a lot of you in the US complain about bad eye docs. I can't even find an eye doc that will even see me more than once, and I do live in a city - they won't give me follow up visits, they have basically never tried anything. And I have severe clinical signs of dry eye. They can SEE there is a problem - they just can't be bothered doing anything about it. I can't see any hope for getting any form of treatment for my dry eye in my lifetime. I truly believe that I will eventually be blinded by total neglect of my severe dry eye and yet I will presumably still suffer pain. I am left totally on my own except for my tubes of genteal. I am on the waiting list to see another eye doc, but given that he works with other eye docs that I've seen that are completely useless, I don't hold out much hope.
I don't know how the average eye doc sleeps at night, when they spend so much of their day turning away patients in need.