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Subspecialties Cornea / Ocular Surface, Health Economics and Policy

The Importance of Ocular Hygiene

Dry eye is a very common problem in my practice. Patients usually come through my door with a different complaint, but it turns out that they suffer from an ocular surface problem, meibomian gland dysfunction, or evaporative tear disease. I could identify some form of this condition in almost all of my patients.

Some have a very mild form of OSD and are asymptomatic, and in others it is more advanced, but I believe in all patients it needs to be treated at a young age, so that they do not think that they got the condition overnight, as many currently do – it happens over many years, in a similar way to tooth decay. It is important that clinicians assess lid health regularly.

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Jennifer Loh

Jennifer Loh is the founder of Loh Ophthalmology Associates in Coral Gables, Florida, and a member of the executive committee of the Refractive Surgery Alliance Society.

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