dry eye

Looking back at 2016
Looking back at 2016Before the new year gets too far along, let’s take a brief look at the happenings in the pages of Optometry Times during 2016.
Reduce dropout in patients with dry eye
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface disease
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface diseaseThe ocular surface encompasses not only the cornea, but the all-important supporting conjunctiva that is divided into the bulbar, limbal, palpebral, forneaceal, and marginal zones.
How to know when it’s not dry eye
Achieving physiologic restoration in dry eyeTear osmolarity testing provides clinicians the opportunity to detect disease and select treatments to restore ocular surface health.
Hypochlorous acid eyelid wash reduces bacterial load
Hypochlorous acid eyelid wash reduces bacterial loadResearchers studied the magnitude of bacterial load reduction on the surface of the skin 20 minutes after application of saline containing 0.01% pure hypochlorous acid as the preservative to the skin below the lower eyelid.
Novel device provides rapid measure of tear osmolarityA new handheld, tear osmolarity device could enhance the convenience and reliability of dry eye screening and monitoring and be more affordable for many practices.
Topical ENaC blocker serves as novel approach to tear filmA novel potent epithelial sodium channel blocker seems to be a safe and well-tolerated therapy in patients with symptoms of mild-to-moderate dry eye disease compared with placebo.
New dry eye treatment demonstrates rapid onset symptomatic reliefResults from the Phase 3 OPUS-3 trial provide evidence confirming a benefit of lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5.0% (Xiidra, Shire) for significantly improving dry eye disease-related symptoms, as measured by Eye Dryness Score.
Intense pulsed light shows therapeutic potential for MGD
Intense pulsed light shows therapeutic potential for MGDA series of treatments using intense pulsed light with optimal pulse technology may show potential in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction.