New Research On Dry Eye Syndrome And The Prognosis Of The Condition

Keratitis sicca is the medical term for dry eye syndrome. It can be a painful condition that causes hardship to millions of people around the world. New research on dry eye syndrome hopes to reveal an enhanced understanding of the condition, along with new methods of dry eye prevention and treatment.

Studies on Gender and Dry Eye Syndrome

Studies at the Harvard Medical School have set out to understand why women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer from dry eye syndrome. Research has shown that the lacrimal gland, the gland in the eye that’s responsible for producing tears, is structurally different between women and men.
The differences seem to stem from a lack of androgens, a gender specific steroid hormone, making women more susceptible to dry eyes than men.
Doctors have suggested that patients who suffer from autoimmune disorders that cause dry eye, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, may benefit from androgen treatments. Such treatments may also benefit women undergoing menopause, and patients experiencing dry eyes in their old age.

IPL: New Method of Treating Severe Cases of Dry Eye Syndrome

Doctors have been making new headway treating dry eye syndrome with intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). So far, this treatment is reserved for those with severe cases of dry eye, and who have tried all other over-the-counter and prescription medications.
IPL is most often associated with cosmetic practices such as laser hair removal and treatment for broken capillaries or varicose veins.