oa South African Family Practice - Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) : CPD article



Keratoconjuctivitis sicca, more commonly known as dry eye, or dry eye disease, is common. It results from improper functioning of the lacrimal functional unit. First-line treatment with tear substitutes, such as eye drops, gels and ointments, have an essential role. However, a newer understanding of the inflammatory aetiology of the disease has resulted in a shift in treatment strategies.


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