Because I have an interest in looking after dry eye disease in children, I often refer children of young ages with what believe to be a dry eye disease.
The treatment of dry disease in children is a bit more challenging, simply because it’s more about educating the parents and then really treating the child, and obviously, it’s not an easy thing to put eyedrops in children eyes so frequently.
The way we overcome these challenges is by educating the parents and giving treatment that has maximum efficacy, but at the same time, doesn’t have to be applied so frequent. Children will be at school and they’re interested in playing rather than putting the drops in their eyes. There are always ways around it.
Often it has something to do with other untreated eye disease and that’s why, when you come to see me, we do not just look in dry eye disease. We try to see if there’s any other factors or other diseases contributing to what looks like dry eye disease.