White Paper: The Role of Artificial Tears in Dry Eye Therapy

Dry eye has been estimated to affect approximately 20 million people in the United States alone and many more worldwide. The patient characteristics that have been clearly linked to an increased prevalence of dry eye are age and sex, with the highest prevalence among women over 50. Dry eye is a highly symptomatic disease, but it is also understood to be a multifactorial disorder of the tear film that can cause damage to the ocular surface.

An international panel of eye care professionals convened to discuss their current practice patterns regarding the use of artificial tears in the treatment of dry eye. In a report sponsored by Allergan, the report provides a brief overview of the current role of artificial tears in dry eye therapy, followed by a summary of the panel discussion.  The report contains a table that details the properties of commonly used viscosity-enhancing systems in artificial tears.

To read the entire study on the Review of Ophthalmology website, click here.

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About Arthur De Gennaro

My friends call me Art. Welcome to my blog. In this space you’ll find information and comments on the ophthalmology world, the optical industry, the hearing industry and medical practice management. My intent is to provide information you can use to improve your business and your own performance. Please visit often and feel free to join the discussions by leaving comments.

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