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    Cornea Subspecialty Day 2016
    Cornea/External Disease, Dry Eye

    Many ocular conditions masquerade as dry eye. Dr. Richard Davidson takes an in-depth look into several of these conditions:

    • Conjunctivochalasis
    • Unilateral or bilateral lower-eyelid laxity
    • Exposure keratopathy
    • Blepharitis
    • Allergic conjunctivitis
    • Infectious conjunctivitis (bacterial or viral)
    • Scleritis and iritis
    • Inflamed pterygium/pingueculae
    • Intermittent angle closure
    • Epithelial basement membrane dystrophy

    To avoid missed diagnoses, Dr. Davidson recommends physicians take a thorough history, inspect the eyelids and ocular adnexae, and not to overlook the obvious.