Ron Melton, OD, FAAO, and Randall Thomas, OD, MPH, FAAO, discussed common practices for treating dry eye, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and blepharitis at the American Optometric Association (AOA) annual meeting. Here are a few medical management pearls from their discussion.
Certainly, one would assume that nothing could be safer than a product designed for use with children. Television commercials with smiling, happy babies covered in frothy bubbles imply the product is harmless. Ubiquitous marketing alone creates a subconscious sense of safety for both doctor and patient.
Dry eye is common in patients with glaucoma and often presumed to be related to the preservative in IOP-lowering medications. Considering alternate causes should also be weighed, in addition to a variety of management techniques.
I was once characterized as an “information parasite” by a colleague. I must admit that I do troll the Internet, particularly Pub Med, for new, intriguing information especially when its related to one of my two favorite ocular phenomenon that are pseudoexfoliation syndrome and the lid margin.
Dry eye disease is one of the most common conditions encountered by eye care professionals, yet measurement of tear volume remains difficult. A newly developed tool is reliable and straightforward to use.
There may be a correlation between a person’s preferred sleep position and the health of his or her meibomian glands, said David Alevi, MD. Speaking at ASCRS 2016, Dr. Alevi said meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is thought to be a leading cause of dry eye, and often presents with similar symptoms.
It’s been a busy week for ophthalmology research and news after both the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Seattle and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting in New Orleans.
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic laboratory testing is not common in eye care. This is not due to any lack of clinical need—it is rather the result of a lack of specific tests known to demonstrate diagnostic and/or treatment relevance to the optometrist and a general resistance to adopting new diagnostic technologies.