it all starts with

a vision

What if… the dry eye research world knew what I care about, and studied it?

What if… dry eye symptoms, like burning, grittiness, pain or light sensitivity, mattered as much to my eye doctor, the research world, the pharmaceutical industry, and the regulatory authorities as clinical signs like corneal staining, tear break-up time, or tear film osmolarity? What if my symptoms were actually studies?

What if… when I tried a particular treatment, remedy, or strategy, I knew based on medical studies that this treatment tends to be most effective for someone LIKE ME?

Our experiences matter. Our needs matter. Our voices matter.

The future is limited only by our collective imagination. It’s time to let it grow!


and stories

because we believe in the reality of our experiences with dry eye, precious hard-won knowledge and wisdom from what we have lived

and we get to pool this vast wealth of understanding and experience and the the resulting alchemy will be truly magical, continuously informing the road to solutions that are as diverse as we are.


and conversations

as we struggle to navigate challenges and fight for hope

because along the way we discover that while we are struggling, we are not alone, others are struggling too, and in joining our voices to others, we find our own voices

and because it is in the conversations that our realities are validated and our native problem-solving skills are renewed

have a conversation


It took me a while, but I finally made it to the point where I could say ‘I am more than my disease(s).’

- a dry eye zone visitor



because it gets better

Yes, it does. It actually does. Some people are cured. Certainly not all of us. But even for the rest of us, it gets better. It’s complicated. It’s messy. It’s not easy. It’s hard work. But… it really does get better.


& help

Help comes in many forms

A conversation. An idea. An interaction in a Facebook group. A smile, a laugh. A product that’s new to you. An obscure treatment. A local specialist. A cup of coffee with another patient.


call on us

We want to help

Email us, phone us, connect with a group, read posts on a forum. You do not need to be alone in this. There’s way too many of us for anyone to need to be alone. Let us help connect you.


and we learn to listen well

to what the whole community is saying, because regardless of any one individual’s experience or expertise, none of us will know as much as all of us, and because every voice matters greatly and needs to be heard, and it is in that quiet listening place that we learn about the nature of problem-solving



We are conducting a ground-breaking survey of the experience of dry eye. Please add your voice.


Thank you so much for being such a great, reliable source for dry eye information! Thanks to you (and the fact my dry eyes cause me so much trouble) I have decided to take a much more active role in managing my disease.

- A dry eye zone visitor


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