Frequency of dry eye diagnostic test procedures used in various modes of ophthalmic practice.

@article{Nichols2000FrequencyOD,
  title={Frequency of dry eye diagnostic test procedures used in various modes of ophthalmic practice.},
  author={Kelly K. Nichols and Jason J. Nichols and Karla Zadnik},
  journal={Cornea},
  year={2000},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={477-82}
}
PURPOSE There are many suggested dry eye diagnostic test batteries in the literature. However, clinicians use a wide variety of dry eye diagnostic tests in clinical practice due to a number of factors, including time constraints. In addition, there has been no systematic description of the standard of care in diagnosing dry eye in the literature. The purpose of this study is to determine the type and frequency of dry eye diagnostic tests used in various modes of ophthalmic practice across a… CONTINUE READING

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In reviewing patient charts , the following tests were identified as performed or not performed : symptom assessment , fluorescein staining , tear break - up time ( TBUT ) , Schirmer test , rose bengal staining , and " tear assessment " ( including quantity and quality of the tear meniscus ) .
Dry eye diagnostic tests were used in the following frequencies across all modes of practice : symptom assessment ( 82.8% ) , fluorescein staining ( 55.5% ) , TBUT ( 40.7% ) , tear assessment ( 22.2% ) , Schirmer test ( 8.5% ) , and rose bengal staining ( 4.9% ) .
Dry eye diagnostic tests were used in the following frequencies across all modes of practice : symptom assessment ( 82.8% ) , fluorescein staining ( 55.5% ) , TBUT ( 40.7% ) , tear assessment ( 22.2% ) , Schirmer test ( 8.5% ) , and rose bengal staining ( 4.9% ) .
In reviewing patient charts , the following tests were identified as performed or not performed : symptom assessment , fluorescein staining , tear break - up time ( TBUT ) , Schirmer test , rose bengal staining , and " tear assessment " ( including quantity and quality of the tear meniscus ) .
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