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    Numbers transform dry eye treatment for symptomatic, asymptomatic patients

    Point-of-care tests offer consistent diagnosis and clear basis for dry eye treatment before surgery



    When we began using dry eye point-of-care testing preoperatively for all surgical patients, we found that the problem exists in many more patients than we initially presumed. Many patients can have no symptoms, but tests show a tear osmolarity of 320 mOsms/L, a positive MMP-9 test or other positive results for dry eye disease.

    As a result of dry eye diagnosis and intervention before surgical measurements, we have seen more accurate and consistent IOL power calculations. We also have been relieved to find that complaints about postoperative dry eye are now rare for all our surgical patients. Patients understand ocular surface disease and reliably fulfill their role in controlling it long term.

    Dr Francesco Carones, MD

    Dr Carones is medical director and cataract and refractive surgeon at Centro Oftalmo-Chirurgico Carones, Milan, Italy.





    Dr Francesco Carones
    Francesco Carones, MD, is medical director of the Carones Ophthalmology Centre, Milan, Italy. He may be reached be E-mail: ...

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