7th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference
Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases in small animal ophthalmology. The majority of ocular surface disease (OSD) stems for patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. The anatomy of the tear film will be reviewed and how a deficiency of any layer of the tear film may cause symptomatic dry eye. Diagnosis and treatment options for traditional dry eye, along with evaporative and qualitative tear film deficiency, will be discussed. Additional aspects including conformational considerations, how they contribute to OSD and options to limit impact on vision and for patient comfort will be discussed.