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An increasing amount of information about dry eye pain and related issues is available on the Internet. In addition to looking through the entries listed on this page, doing your own searches might provide more up-to-date information. One good search engine is Google.com

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Some of the following Web sites and journal articles might be of interest. This is by no means a comprehensive list.

Web sites about dry eye and related topics

What if I don't have Sjogren's?     Several references in the following list are about Sjogren's Syndrome. However, even if your dry eye condition is not caused by Sjogren's, much of the information available on Sjogren's-related Web sites might be helpful to you, such as up-to-date information about artificial tears and other products for dry eye.
1999 State of the Art Lectures on Sjogren's Syndrome
Provides links to 44 articles about conditions caused by Sjogren's Syndrome, from dry eye and dry mouth to renal, pulmonary, central nervous system complications, and much else. These lectures were held at the 100-year anniversary of Henrik Sjogren in September 1999 in Jonkoping, Sweden.
Aging Eye Times
Contains links to a variety of dry eye information sources. Click "Other AgingEye," and then see the "Dry Eyes" links on the left side of the page.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Provides a search tool that you can use to search for dry-eye related information.
British Sjogren's Syndrome Association
Provides a Web page that you can use to join the British Sjogren's Syndrome Association and gain access to its newsletter.
Dental Depot
Click "Xerostemia (Dry Mouth) Products."
Dry.Org
Provides information about Internet resources for Sjogren's Syndrome. See also their link to a list of international Sjogren's Syndrome organizations at Organizations for Sjogren's Syndrome.
DryEyeInfo.Org
Provides a detailed medical description of dry eyes, much of which is understandable to the layman. Explains how people without Sjogren's Syndrome can also have dry eye and thus dry eye pain: "Tear production can also decrease from any condition that decreases corneal sensation.... Causes for decreased corneal sensation include long-term contact lens wear, LASIK eye surgery, trauma to the 5th nerve, and certain viral infections." Includes a Links page with links to many dry eye Web sites.
Dry-Eye-Institute.org
Provides information about their efforts "to assess and critically review available information on the the lacrimal system and its abnormalities and to disseminate information to researchers, clinicians, and the public to actively promote and assist research efforts in this area."
Eagle Vision
Provides information for people with dry eye and for opticians who want to make moisture chamber glasses.
EyeMDLink.com
Provides information about dry eye and blepharitis — At the EyeMDLink Web site, click the "Dry Eye Syndrome" link.
Handbook of Ocular Disease — Dry Eye
Provides a description of dry eye in the Handbook of Ocular Disease Management that mentions that dry eyes "look" white. The lack of redness makes it difficult for people with healthy eyes to understand that a dry eye is a painful eye.
Medline Plus
Provides medical dictionaries, drug information, and other resources from Medline Plus, an NIH site. You can use its search engine to look up such topics as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye), meibomianitis (inflammation of the oil-secreting glands of the eyelids), and so on.
Merck Manual
Provides medical information about diseases, including Sjogren's, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, allergic conjunctivitis, and so on.
NIH Sjogren's Page
Provides nformation about Sjogren's Syndrome from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
OpthalmologyTimes.com
Provides a search tool that you can use to search for dry-eye related information.
Review of Ophthalmology
Provides a search tool that you can use to search for dry-eye related information.
Review of Optometry Online
Provides a search tool that you can use to search for dry-eye related information.
Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Provides information about Sjogren's Syndrome. Many people with dry eye subscribe to the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation monthly newsletter. The SSF supports research about dry eye and Sjogren's Syndrome.
Sjogren's World (Sjogrensworld.org)
Provides information about Sjogrens, with a focus on peripheral and central nervous system involvement (see Sjogren's Articles). In addition, Sjogren's World provides online contact with people who have Sjogren's symptoms, including "Live Chats," "E-Pals," "Instant Messaging," and "Discussion Forums."
St. Luke's Clinic
Provides excellent information about dry eye, including a description of the three types of tears, and a link to information about nutrition for dry eye.
SurgicalEyes.org
Assists people who are unhappy about their experience with LASIK, PRK, RK, AK, ALK or other elective refractive and laser surgeries. According to Surgical Eyes, for some people such surgery can cause or increase dry eye.

Web sites about drugs and vitamins

Articles about moisture chamber glasses

You can ask your local librarian to order the following journal articles through their inter-libary loan service.

"How to Produce Moisture Chamber Eyeglasses for the Dry Eye Patient"
by Hart, Dean E.; Simko, Mark; and Harris, Elaine, in the Journal of the American Optometric Association, Vol. 65., No. 7, July 1994, pp. 517-22.
"Moisture Chamber Spectacles: A Practical Guide to Their Construction"
by David E. Savar, M.D., Peggy Runacre, and Charles M. Godfrey, M.D., in Arch. Ophthalmol., Vol. 97, July 1979, pages 1347-1348.
"Swimmer's Goggles for Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca"
by Robert H. Poirier, M.D., Frank M. Ryburn, M.D., and Charles W. Israel, M.D., in Arch. Ophthalmol., Vol. 95, August 1977, pages 1405-1406.
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