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    When old, new technologies converge for dry eye diagnosis

    Synthesis of data from several outputs essential to understanding type, severity of disease

    Columbia, MD—Though several new tests and treatments for dry eye disease look promising, they may best be used in combination with older techniques, according to David B. Glasser, MD.

    “There is a long list of things that have come to the forefront over the past few years,” said Dr. Glasser, assistant professor of ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Columbia, MD, who specializes in treating the condition.

    “Some of the tests are easy to do; some are hard; some are inexpensive, and some are expensive,” he explained. “How do we know we’re getting ‘real bang for the buck?’”

    Old-school tools still work well, he added.

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    “What you have in your office right now is enough to diagnose and manage patients with dry eye disease,” said Dr. Glasser, who is also in private practice, Columbia, MD.

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