Primary Care Optometry News, May 2016
Ian Benjamin Gaddie, OD
Ocular surface diseases, such as dry eye disease, can be caused by a number of triggers, including glaucoma treatment, allergies, computer use, the environment, the natural aging process or a combination of factors. By treating ocular surface disease in patients with glaucoma or other eye disease, we can improve patient satisfaction and compliance.
Patients are not always able to articulate the symptoms they are experiencing or they may think that the symptoms are “normal for their age.” Every patient who comes to my practice, regardless of whether they are in the office simply for glasses or a contact lens prescription or for a medically rooted problem such as glaucoma, is given the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED) survey to evaluate both the frequency and severity of symptoms.