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Attitudes towards Diagnostic Tests and Therapies for Dry Eye Disease

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Graham, Joanna E., McGilligan, Victoria, Berrar, Daniel, Leccisotti, Antonio, Moore, Johnny, Bron, Anthony J. and Moore, Tara (2009) Attitudes towards Diagnostic Tests and Therapies for Dry Eye Disease. OPHTHALMIC RESEARCH, 43 (1). pp. 11-17. [Journal article]

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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. Copyright (C) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Stratified Medicine
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Vision
ID Code:3462
Deposited By:Professor Tara Moore
Deposited On:18 Dec 2009 14:48
Last Modified:20 Feb 2014 12:08

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