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Attitudes towards Diagnostic Tests and Therapies for Dry Eye Disease

Graham J.E.a · McGilligan V.E.a · Berrar D.a · Leccisotti A.a, d · Moore J.E.a, b · Bron A.J.c · Moore T.C.B.a
aCentre for Molecular Biosciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, and bBelfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, and cNuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; dCasa di Cura Rugani, Siena, Italy Ophthalmic Res 2010;43:11–17 (DOI:10.1159/000246573)

Abstract

Aim: The purpose of this study was to survey the attitudes of optometrists and ophthalmologists, located in a number of different countries, towards diagnostic tests and therapies for dry eye disease. Methods: A web-based questionnaire was used to survey attitudes using forced-choice questions and Likert scales. Results: Sixty-one respondents (23 ophthalmologists and 38 optometrists) reported a wide range of patient dry eye symptoms. A large variation in use of diagnostic tests was noted. Patient symptoms and fluorescein staining were reported to be significantly more valuable and more frequently performed than any other test. Artificial tear supplements and improved lid hygiene were the preferred therapeutic options selected by the entire group. The results demonstrated a wide variation in attitudes in relation to satisfaction with the range of available diagnostic and therapeutic options. Conclusions: This study indicates that the interest for the issue of dry eye is relatively limited amongst eye professionals, as demonstrated by the poor participation in the questionnaire.

 

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