Dry eye represents a major opportunity with more than 25 million people suffering from the condition in the U.S.,1 and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is thought to be the most common cause of dry eye.2 During a session at SECO, Walt Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO, shared his tips for making the most of this opportunity in your practice.
While there are a myriad of associated concerns due to ocular surface inflammation, a few eyelash-related complications of note are trichiasis, acquired distachiasis, local madarosis, and poliosis. Each of these is in some way connected to dry eye.
At the recent SECO meeting, optometrists and ophthalmic technicians sat side by side learning to perform microblepharoexfoliation (MBE), a new therapy for the treatment of blepharitis and ocular surface disease. The program aimed to train both doctor and tech about blepharitis and how to use the BlephEx device.
The mainstay of our therapy today consists of artificial tear preparations, surfactant lid cleansers, warm compresses for the eyelids, and the occasional antibiotic solution or ointment—this is the exact same therapy that was in vogue for treating OSD 25 years ago!