The diagnosis and management of dry eye is within the natural field and range of skills of eye care clinicians (Optometrists and Contact Lens Opticians). They are better positioned than the pharmacist, General Practitioner (GP), or the Hospital Eye Service (HES), to offer solutions to very often long standing patient problems. The GP and HES are normally appreciative of the specialist care high street clinicians can offer and welcome this aspect of shared care.
The vast majority of dry eye problems are of the evaporative type which may be addressed by new developments in lid care products and an improved understanding of MGD and lipid function. These steps forward offer an improved quality of life to many long suffering patients and the possibility of helping the large number of contact lens wearers who struggle to enjoy the full benefits lenses can offer.