A Cautionary Formula: When EBMD with Concomitant Dry Eye Disease Is Mixed with Glaucoma Medications

Dry Eye Disease (DED) is on the rise with dramatic statistics illustrating a 10% increase over the next decade along with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) ranging from 10-40% of the population to make matters more complex.

I recently had a case of a 66 year-old female with a longstanding history of both EBMD and DED, which was compounded by two glaucoma medications. This presented as an emergency for what the referring Optometrist diagnosed as a large abrasion.