Which dry eye diagnostic tests are favored by eye care professionals?
With many new recent diagnostics available for dry eye, researchers assessed the attitudes of eye care practitioners regarding testing for dry eye disease and how, if at all, the attitudes of these providers have changed over the last 16 years.
Questionnaires from 144 eye care practitioners were collected from December 2020 to March 2021.
When asked to rate the likelihood that presenting symptoms/signs were associated with dry eye, respondents said posterior blepharitis was significantly more likely to be associated. Respondents rated clinical history, fluorescein staining, and fluorescein break-up time as being significantly more useful in diagnosing dry eye compared to other tests.
Test validity was considered the most important quality when choosing a test.
“Patterns of responses were similar to that reported…16 years ago, however, there is a higher satisfaction with available tests and therapeutic options,” the authors concluded.
Li Y, Smith RG, Steel JC, et al. Attitudes of eye health practitioners towards diagnostic tests and therapies for dry eye disease in Australasia. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2022;101724. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2022.101724. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35753904.