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    How sick building syndrome symptoms can mimic dry eye

    For one sufferer, a change of career alleviated the problem

    I am a city girl through and through. I spent my childhood growing up in New York City and currently reside in Brooklyn, NY.

    The availability and convenience of public transportation at any hour of the day or night and the close proximity to just about anything I ever needed has left me devoid of one precious, coming-of-age tool of freedom—a driver’s license.

    To further complicate things, I am a very sensitive car passenger who is easily cast into nausea by the motion of the vehicle. I must always sit in the front seat next to the driver.

    Because of this, I had the good fortune to meet and learn about my hired driver Ray as he drove me to a lecture.

    Previously from Dr. Mastrota: Complementary and alternative medicine help dry eye patients

    The case of Ray

    Ray is a 42-years-old male who owns the limousine company for which he drives. He is in excellent health and has been an avid surfer since his teenage years.

    When I told Ray I was headed to lecture about dry eye, he said, “I used to have that.”

    “Used to?” I asked. My interest immediately piqued by the past tense of the condition.

    “How was your dry eye cured?” I asked.

    “I quit my job,” Ray said.

    Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
    Clinical director of Omni Center for Dry Eye Specialty Care in New York City

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