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This article deals with the perceptions of eyecare providers regarding the clinical management of dry eye.

The survey is taken from community optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and cornea specialists.

What are the most common dry eye symptoms at doctor’s offices?

The following are dry eye symptoms most often presented to an eye doctor.

Burning- 47%

Foreign body sensation – 30%

Tearing – 17%

What are the most common dry eye treatments?

Artificial tears, even though eye doctors noted high failure rates, even with Restasis (cyclosporine – A.  

Co Morbilities for Dry Eye Disease

  • Rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Sjögren syndrome – dry eyes and dry mouth,
  • anxiety and depression, 
  • history of photorefractive surgery – LASIK surgery
  • smoking, 
  • thyroid disease -Graves Disease, Hypo, and hyperthyroidism. 

Eye doctors relied more on patient history in guiding their clinical decisions than objective signs. The survey underscores the inconsistency when comparing subjective symptoms with objective signs. There is an urgent need for the development of reliable metrics to quantify better dry eye symptoms. We need a more sensitive and specific test that can be used as the gold standard to diagnose dry eye.

What is dry eye disease? 

Dry Eye Disease, also known as Dry Eye Syndrome or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, is a clinical diagnosis determined by your eye doctor. Since many possible factors or underlying causes, complete health history and thorough eye examination are necessary to diagnose and treat dry eye conditions properly. Your eye doctor may have you complete a symptom questionnaire throughout Dry Eye Management to assess the effectiveness of the current treatment or adjust as needed. 

What are the dry eye tests?

There are various tests your eye doctor may perform to measure the severity of dry eye you are experiencing. At Eyes For Life, your doctor may choose one or more of the following evaluations:

  • LipiScan
  • Meibomian Gland Evaluator
  • SPEEDQuestionnaire
  • InflammaDry
  • TearLab™ Osmolarity
  • Tear Breakup Time
  • Epithelial Staining
  • The Schirmer Test
  • The Phenol Red Thread Test

How can TheraLife help?

TheraLife Eye capsules target to normalize tear production glands from inside out. It is an oral dry eye treatment system, not eye drops.

Learn how it works. 

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