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It must be that time of year or is it?

The question “does dry eye have a season?” is often posed. The answer is “yes” and “no.” 

The seasonality of dry eye disease is driven in large part by environmental and pharmacological changes. Patients may report an uptick in symptoms during winter months due to heat within their homes and offices. 

Forced heat with low humidity can cause an increase in symptoms not unlike a controlled adverse environment chamber (CAE). CAE’s have been employed in studies to evaluate the efficacy of ophthalmic pharmaceuticals designated for the treatment of dry eye disease. 

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Whitney Hauser
Associate Editor, Dry Eye for I'm Whitney Hauser, OD, founder of and it's an honor to join the team as editor of the dry eye section. The art and science of dry eye disease make it particularly social media-friendly. With so many different approaches to care, doctors can share what works and what hasn't in their practices. The absolutely wrong way to treat dry eye is to not treat it at all.

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