Cataract/Anterior Segment

Co-Managing the Patient with Cataract and Dry Eye

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Co-managing the patient with cataract diagnosis and dry eye, can be tricky, wrote Elizabeth Yeu, MD, who practices at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, VA, in a recent blog post. She suggested these 4 tips:

  • Talk to your referring clinician about the importance of making the dry eye diagnosis themselves, lest the patient loses confidence in both the referrer and referee.
  • Ideally, the referring clinician should begin ocular surface treatment before sending patients to you, so that the ocular surface is stabilized prior to preop measurements.
  • If meibomian gland dysfunction is not treated 6 or more months before cataract surgery, minimize sticker shock by offering a reduced-priced package for both procedures.
  • Know the tendencies of the clinicians who refer to you, particularly optometrists.  Some prefer to manage dry eye themselves and only want you to proceed when they are satisfied with the patient’s medical treatment. Others want the eye surgeon to handle it all.

You can read more here.

Yeu E. The cataract patient, dry eye and how to comanage both. [Published online June 5 2018]. Ocular Surgery News


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