This begs the question: Should ODs incorporate a sleep survey into their dry eye exams?
Akin to dry eye disease, there are numerous validated global and targeted patient sleep/sleepiness/insomnia questionnaires available. Questionnaires can be selected to help identify sleep disorders in subsets of patients such as pediatric, adolescent, adult patients, or obstructive sleep apnea suspects.
With novel technologies and emerging discovery, our evaluation of the OSD patient has become more sophisticated and fine-tuned. Each snippet of information supplements the profile of individual dry eye patients and adds a target for therapeutic intervention.
One prescription we should possibly include is lid and sleep hygiene. Patient sleep survey results may add the extra clinical sign/symptom that may be the tipping point for our OSD patients.
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