The assessment, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of dry eye disease has evolved into one of the key services offered by modern eye care practices. What was once all-too-often dismissed as a nuisance feature of growing old, one managed by throwing hypromellose at the eyes of our patients. Advances in both instrumentation and the ongoing development of ever more specific treatment options means that, not only is it possible to distinguish different presentations of dry eye disease, it is also possible to address the various different components of the ongoing condition and offered a tailored and customised solution to each patient to relive their symptoms. Importantly, this tailored approach can be monitored and adapted over time as the disease profile evolves.
In order to offer this service, the minimum requirement for assessment of the tears and ocular surface, as for example is required for qualification as an entry level optometrist at present, would require the following:
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