Quick Take: Adding context to recent technological advances to combat dry eye disease, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published a series of clinically-relevant perspectives from four international experts in the latest issue of Contact Lens Update. Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based on current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals. The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon, CooperVision, and Johnson & Johnson Vision.
Close Up: The authors examine several in-office procedures, as well as a clinical case report that demonstrates their usefulness when treating contact lens discomfort caused by dry eye. “With the ever-increasing burden of dry eye disease, eye care professionals must stay abreast of cutting-edge therapies available to their practices and patients,” said CORE director Lyndon Jones. “This issue of Contact Lens Update arms clinicians with relevant information needed to adopt and successfully implement these technologies.”
Vital Stats: Jennifer Craig, professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, authors the opening editorial. She provides a comprehensive, evidence-based overview of the various technologies and instruments that are available for dry eye disease treatment. The feature article from Leslie O’Dell, medical director for Optometry America, York, PA, discusses the results of a comprehensive review paper examining eyelid warming devices. The article outlines the evidence for the efficacy of these devices and their place in therapy. Karl G. Stonecipher, medical director of Laser Defined Vision, professor of Ophthalmology at University of North Carolina and clinical adjunct professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University, shares insights from his poster first presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting. This study showed that the use of intense pulsed light or low-level light therapy was beneficial in patients with severe meibomian gland dysfunction who had failed treatment with topical and systemic medications. The issue also includes clinical insight by Selina McGee, owner of BeSpoke Vision and adjunct assistant professor at the Northeastern State University College of Optometry. This case report outlines the complete assessment and successful treatment of a patient experiencing contact lens discomfort due to dry eye disease.