Optical Vision Resources provided a succinct and timely summary of the Latest Research on Dry Eye, as was presented at the annual Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting.
We all know how important it is to stay up to date with industry news and the latest research, but we are equally aware of how difficult it is to do so. Quick read summaries like that provided by Optical Vision Resources are valuable and hard to come by. That said, we’ve provided an even more concise version below, but the full post is available here.
- Acupuncture: A team of researchers from the U.S. Army performed acupuncture on seventeen volunteers with dry eye and found “there was no significant improvement in the measured clinical indicators of dry eye after acupuncture treatment.”
- Diagnostics: The study concluded that a “false staining appearance occurs upon immediate instillation of lissamine green.”
- Economics of Dry Eye Treatment: The study found the “found the mean expenditure per patient per year increasing from $55 in 2001 to $299 by 2006.”
- Ocular Infections and Dry Eye: An Australian study indicated that “people with hyperosmolar tears or dry eye will have decreased antibacterial defense at the ocular surface.”
- Treatment Efficacy: ”The study concluded that while both topical azithromycin and oral doxycycline improved clinical signs and symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction, the ‘“response to azithromycin is more rapid and more robust than doxycycline.’” An Ohio State study concluded that “An over two-hour improvement in comfortable contact lens wear time was noted throughout the four-week study period with azithromycin solution use.”
- Glaucoma Therapy not related to Dry Eyes: Multiple studies found that a “decrease in corneal sensitivity could explain the absence of correlation between signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in patients treated for glaucoma or ocular hypertension.”