Are you seeing more patients suffering with the effects dry eye disease?
Opticians we have spoken to are reporting a steep rise in the numbers of patients suffering from the effects of dry eye disease. Many are suggesting it is linked indirectly to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of March this year, a vast majority of the UK where asked to work from home to help prevent the spread the of the disease. Suddenly people were swapping their offices for the spare bedroom, kitchen table, dining room or just about anywhere in the house where they could use a laptop and phone.
A lot of those working from home have realised that they are staring at their screens for longer and without breaks, than they use too. This can be put down to the fact there are less distractions at home, for most anyway, than at the office. No nipping off for a coffee with colleagues, meeting for a chat around the water cooler or going for slightly longer lunch breaks. Yes, most people working from home are pretty much staring at their screens all day long, with less breaks, poorer lighting conditions and less comfortable office surroundings.
Although we now have a vaccine, hooray, none of us are too sure what will happen in the next 12 months. What we do know is that a large percentage of the UK will still be working from home, and these same people could be suffering from effects of dry eye disease.
So, is it time that your practice approached treating dry eye disease differently?
Sufferers with dry eye disease would love to find a treatment that would relieve them from their symptoms, and cost would not seem to be a major factor either. For example, if a patient is willing to pay £40-£100 for an OCT examination, which they do not really understand what it is or what it does, then imagine what a patient would be willing pay for something tangible, something they can feel the benefits of straight away!
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