Sept. 26, 2018
Diagnosing and treating dry eye has gotten less expensive, and easier, for ODs. Peter J. Cass, OD, shares tips for getting started in dry eye diagnosis and treatment.
OPPORTUNITY. There are at least 33 million people who need diagnosis and treatment of dry eye, compared to 3 million with glaucoma, 8 million with diabetic retinopathy and 11 million with macular degeneration. That means the number of people with those diseases combined still don’t equal the number with dry eye.
LOW-COST. Fluorescein strips, the TearLab Osmolarity Test and InflammaDry are all low-cost resources now available to the OD to better address dry eye. In addition, devices that aid lid massage and heating pads for the eye, and treatments like Allergan TrueTear, can be offered.
BUILD SERVICES. As your dry eye practice grows, you can eventually add costlier treatment systems like LipiFlow.
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