Disruption of the ocular surface results in a vicious cycle of inflammation and decreased quality of life.
Ocular surface inflammation may sound simple and specific but actually encompasses more than meets the eye.
The disorder affects the cornea, limbus, conjunctiva, and even the eyelids, with dry eye by far the most common patient diagnosis.
However, while dry eye is the stated problem among a major percentage of the patients presenting to clinical practices, numerous other ocular surface diseases are culprits in ocular surface inflammation, i.e., allergic conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis, superficial punctate keratitis (from numerous causes), and toxicities from medications, wind, heat, or chemicals, according to Mark Milner, MD, FACS.
When considering inflammation’s effect on the ocular surface, the importance of maintaining the health of the ocular surface is underscored when its functions are recognized: maintenance of the health of the epithelium, preventing infection, and lubricating the ocular surface, all central to optimizing vision.
Mark S. Milner, MD, FACS
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Dr. Milner is a speaker/consultant for Allergan, Bausch + Lomb, Shire/Novartis, TearScience, Sun, Ocular Science, Biotissue, Avedro, Omeros, Valeant, Eyevance, and Dompe. He does research for Kala, Eye Gate, Biotherapeutics, Aldeyra, and Icare, and has ownership interests in RPS, Eyevance, and Percept Corp.