Dr Stewart said, "Our addition of TearLab to our practice demonstrates our committment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, along with utilizing the newest technology. We can now incorporate quantitative data into our Dry Eye Clinic, allowing us to be able to treat and manage this disease at a higher level."Dry eye disease (DED) is a common condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears to keep the surface of the eye sufficiently lubricated. It affects approximately 40 million people in the U.S. and 100 million people worldwide.
In the U.S., less than 5% of the DED patient population has been diagnosed and is being treated, according to Healthcare Maintenance Organizations data. In its mild to moderate forms, it can impact vision and the ability to go about daily activities. In its more severe forms, DED can lead to permanent loss of vision.