This is an open letter I worked on with another dry eye sufferer. It speaks from our own experiences as well as the stories of countless others we’ve communicated with and have read about. The letter is on behalf of every dry eye patient in Australia. In it, we outline the problems with Australian protocols for dry eye—namely that they are outdated and far behind the practices in the US and much of Europe. We then outline a number of treatment options unavailable in Australia that are either established or emerging in other countries across the globe.
This letter has been sent to every eye specialist in Australia. We hope that it will help to bring attention to our plight, and foster change in the Australian medical community regarding the treatment of dry eye.