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Less than 20% of patients consult their pharmacist about eye health

By Neil Trainis

PUBLISHED: October 11, 2017 | UPDATED: October 11, 2017

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Patients are failing to consult pharmacists about common eye conditions according to a survey commissioned by the pharmaceutical company Bausch and Lomb.

One in three pharmacists reported during the study that less than 20% of their patients seek advice despite 76% of pharmacists reporting an increase in dry eye conditions among 18 to 34-year-olds. Incidents of eye-strain also increased.

The 88 pharmacists who were interviewed for the study revealed that 98% of patients are unable to recognise symptoms of dry eye, a common condition in which the tear ducts fail to produce enough tears which can also evaporate too quickly.

Causes include factors such as ageing, hormonal changes, the weather and side effects of some medicines.

“This survey shows that patients are failing to tap into the expertise and knowledge that pharmacists have in treating eye conditions like dry eye. This is concerning from a patient perspective as it could lead to unnecessary suffering,” said Valerie Steiner, OTC marketing manager at Bausch and Lomb.

“These uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms can be easily managed with the right advice and treatment, but left untreated that can present a long-term risk to eye health.”