By Megan Zabell, BOptom, Professional Affairs Associate, Alcon ANZ
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Dry eye can be a frustrating condition for both the patient and practitioner. The highly variable clinical presentation can sometimes cause a headache for optometrists. Optometrists need to weed out the true dry eye disease from mimicking conditions and figure out what can be treated solo, what needs to be co-managed in practice, and what needs to be referred. Even when the diagnosis of dry eye has been made, there is such a large variation in treatment options that finding the right solution for each patient can be a whole new skill set.
Dry eye treatment isn’t just something that can be a learning curve for the practitioner, but for the patient too. Often a patient’s expectation of what it will take to “fix” their dry eye doesn’t reflect the time and effort it takes to adhere to an effective dry eye treatment and they may even end up being under-compliant – how many times have you had a patient tell you that their dry eye is “so severe” they have to use a lubricating eye drop “almost every day”?
The aim of this article is to introduce a few ideas that can be incorporated into practice to help streamline dry eye in several different key areas: identification of likely dry eye sufferers, diagnosis, and treatment planning. With these tips, managing dry eye in a busy practice will hopefully become a much easier more pleasant experience for patients and practitioners alike.
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