The Dry Eye, A Practical Approach

The Dry Eye

A Practical Approach

By Sudi Patel, BSc(Hons), MPhil, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Optometric Adviser to the Common Services Agency and Scottish Executive (the Scottish Parliament), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; Visiting Professor, Institute of Ophthalmology, University Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Alicante, Spain; and Kenny Blades, BSc (Hons), PhD, CBiol, MIBiol, Clinical testing at an International Pharmaceutical Company, UK; formerly Department of Optometry, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland


1. Review of the tear film: a diagnosis and decision making chart
2. Introduction
3. Patient self assessment
4. Laboratory and clinical tests
5. Stability of the tear film
6. Value of the tear film
7. Quality of the tear film
8. Ocular surface health
9. Examples of Dry Eye Questionnaires
10. Therapeutics
11. Conclusions
12. Summary