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Laser Eye Surgery and Chronic Pain

An extra from In the blink of an eye Lingering questions about LASIK’s long-term effects  8 September 2015 The offers began arriving by email in January: a chance at clearer vision for the special price of US$299 per eye. Over the next four months, I received 20 ads from the same company – each offering... Read More »

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So-Called Dry Eye Disease

“Researchers systematically work out one concept and own it.” (Ellen Langer, Harvard)   What’s in a name? As a diagnosis, ‘Dry Eye Disease’ could not be more explicit. But is it accurate? Consider the enigmas of its statistics. Although the tear metrics of the group that reports inappropriate chronic dry eye-like symptoms are lower than... Read More »

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Dry Eye And The Brain

  Perry Rosenthal, M.D. October 2015   Eyes that feel dry are dry. This has been the mantra of studies focused on dry eye disease (DED). Even its name leaves no room for debate. Presented as dogma, it explains the enigmatic disparities between tear metrics and symptoms in this patient population as caused by abnormal... Read More »

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‘IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE’ Some people suffer eye pain so excruciating they feel suicidal, yet ophthalmologists see nothing wrong.

In the blink of an eye Some people suffer eye pain so excruciating they feel suicidal, yet ophthalmologists see nothing wrong. Meet the 82-year-old doctor whose radical idea about the real source of this pain is turning heads. 8 September 2015 Razor blades. Jabbing needles. Barbed wire. Screaming, howling, red-hot-poker-in-the-eye pain. The impulse to gouge... Read More »

BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY PUBLISHES DR. ROSENTHAL’S NEW DRY EYE THEORY AND WHAT HE CALLS OCULOFACIAL PAIN

Ocular neuropathic pain Perry Rosenthal,1David Borsook2   ABSTRACT As the biological alarm of impending or actual tissue damage, pain is essential for our survival. However, when it is initiated and/or sustained by dysfunctional elements in the nociceptive system, it is itself a disease known as neuropathic pain. While the critical nociceptive system provides a number... Read More »