For physicians, a well-informed patient can prove to be a key partner in the treatment of dry eye disease.
For physicians, a well-informed patient can many times prove to be an invaluable partner, particularly when it comes to multifactorial diseases such as dry eye.
In dry eye, clinical signs and patient-reported symptoms may not always correlate, and communication will be a key to determining a treatment path. Adding to the complexity of properly educating patients is the plethora of misleading, anecdotal information available with a simple online search.
A recent survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project revelated that 80% of Internet users, approximately 93 million Americans, search for health-related topics online.1
Diagnosis by “Dr. Google” isn’t going away. For physicians, the key is directing patients to the most accurate, patient-friendly resources available.
A number of ophthalmology associations offer updated, reliable information on dry eye disease for patients. Below is a list of some of the resources clinicians can direct patients to for a better understanding of dry eye and what individual treatment may entail.
J. More People Search for Health Online. NBC, 2018.