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Dry Eye Survey: Ophthalmologists Cite Treatment Limitations/Gaps in Treatment of Moderate to Severe Dry Eye
Date:11/10/2008

course of a year, they prescribe, recommend or suggest an average of 1.9 different treatment approaches for each mild dry eye patient, 3.2 treatment approaches for each moderate dry eye patient and 4.9 treatment approaches for each severe dry eye patient. Most (81%) of the survey respondents reported that signs and symptoms of moderate/severe dry eye can be improved but seldom eliminated.

"We work very hard to help moderate to severe dry eye patients seeking relief," Dr. Asbell continued, "but the reality is, there is only so much we can do for them right now. Due to the great variation among dry eye patients, we need as many effective treatment options as possible." Most (83%) of the survey respondents feel there is a treatment gap between artificial tears and more aggressive treatments for moderate/severe dry eye.

Lacrisert is administered by the patient into the inferior cul-de-sac of the eye, where it gently dissolves to provide lubrication and protection to the surface of the eye. Lacrisert provides practitioners and patients with an intermediate treatment option between artificial tears and more aggressive treatments.

Treatment Goals and Considerations

In other survey results, the chief goals in treatment of moderate/severe dry eye patients were identified by ophthalmologists as maintaining and protecting the ocular surface (ranked #1 or #2 goal by 74%) and lubricating and hydrating the ocular surface (ranked #1 or #2 goal by 67%).

Among the most common key considerations by ophthalmologists when selecting treatment products for moderate/severe dry eye patients are ability to provide continuous relief (84%) and ability to use long-term (74%). Other considerations selected by a majority include dosing frequency (66%), length of time preserving the tear film (66%) and length of time to effectiveness (63%).

Once the patient inserts Lacrisert in the morning or at bedtime, it usually lasts the entire day or night, providin
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