How to use tear osmolarity to help treat dry eye disease For the patient, perhaps the most significant symptom of DED is fluctuating or reduced vision. Non-invasive punctal plug delivery system offers a host of positive performance characteristics A silicone punctal plug-based delivery system for ophthalmic medications (Evolute, Mati Therapeutics) provides precisely controlled medication release into the tear film and has been associated with positive results in initial clinical testing. The utility of normal tear osmolarity results Patient symptoms are not an effective method to diagnose dry eye, as they often overlap with other pathologies. Tear osmolarity results provide clues for alternative diagnoses. Biosensors in contact lenses can monitor IOP and diabetes October 05, 2016 By Laird Harrison Work is progressing on contact lenses that can monitor biomarkers in tear film for intraocular pressure, diabetes mellitus, and other health conditions. Getting beyond the surface in ocular surface disease September 01, 2016 By Laura M. Periman MD Ocular surface disease (OSD) is a prevalent, chronic, and progressive condition with an often multifactorial etiology. A comprehensive approach to detection, treatment, and monitoring is required. Tear volume – a neglected issue? 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. How new eye drop is stabilizing and relieving dry eye March 15, 2016 By Lynda Charters A novel lubricant eye drop that specifically targets tear film evaporation in dry eye disease seems safe and effective for treating mild-to-moderate evaporative disease. Why the tear film matters If patients are coming to us for a comprehensive examination, and vision begins at the tear film, why aren’t we routinely and objectively evaluating this critical layer? Goblet cells’ role in tear stability and ocular surface health Recently, I was stopped in my tracks when I overheard a colleague comment that she was unaware that topically administered cyclosporine (Restasis, Allergan) increases goblet cell density. Diagnosing and treating dry eye with technology Our understanding of dry eye and ocular surface disease is expanding at exponential rates. This is allowing us to more accurately diagnose specific forms of dry eye and determine their root causes.