Nowadays, you are unlikely to read a journal or go to a meeting without hearing the importance of dry eye disease in our practices and for our surgical patients. This was not always the case. I want to introduce you to the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and the brains behind it: David Sullivan, PhD, and his family— Rose, Ben, and Amy—who dedicate their lives to help us better understand dry eye disease.
my fellow shared with me that after I left the room, the patient complained about me being a “salesman.” Awestruck, I came away realizing that my best intents and clinical knowledge had been taken the wrong way and that the cost of the best treatment for this patient were overshadowed by the fact that she was going to have an out-of-pocket cost.
A common barrier to many practitioners is the concern that their practice does not have the patient foundation to make investment in the services economically profitable. I assure you that OSD management will profit the patient in many ways that includes clearer, more comfortable vision, enhancing their productivity and overall wellbeing.
Scott Schachter, OD, says there have been a lot of advancements in technology that helps diagnose and treat dry eye, but he says there's still more optometrists can do.
Several weeks ago, I learned of a more recent, somewhat concerning trend. Since the Allergan and Actavis merger, sales reps are now promoting Restasis to primary care doctors, internist and allergists.
I think that most of us would agree that new technologies generally mean better patient outcomes. But those outcomes always come with an added cost.
Leaders in their respective specialties came together at the American Academy of Optometry 2015 meeting in New Orleans to share their latest research in dry eye and glaucoma.
Over the last few years, there have been several advancements in ocular surface disease diagnostic and treatment technology. Not sure which ones are right for your practice? Milton Hom, OD, FAAO, and Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO, share their advice.
While there are a myriad of associated concerns due to ocular surface inflammation, a few eyelash-related complications of note are trichiasis, acquired distachiasis, local madarosis, and poliosis. Each of these is in some way connected to dry eye.
Check out our interview with Dr. Leslie O'Dell.