“Dry eye disease is an often chronic ocular condition that may eventually lead to damage of the surface of the eye. There are about 30 million U.S. adults who report symptoms consistent with dry eye*, but only approximately 16 million have been diagnosed with dry eye disease by a healthcare professional. Some of the commonly reported patient symptoms are eye dryness, overall eye discomfort, stinging, burning, a gritty feeling or fluctuating blurry vision.
Aging and female gender are recognized as traditional risk factors, but findings from a new survey conducted by Harris Poll – The National Eye C.A.R.E. (Current Attitudes Related to Eye Health) Survey – suggest that the use of modern technology (i.e., everyday use of mobile, tablet and computer screens) may be contributing to a rise in dry eye disease and increasing prevalence among younger adults.
What’s more, the survey found that the effects of dry eye go beyond the physical signs and symptoms, with respondents reporting that symptoms affect their daily activities, but that they typically wait two years before taking action and talking to an eye doctor; most say they wish they had acted sooner.”
Dr. Marguerite McDonald shared a recent interview exclusively for Michigan Mom Living readers about dry eyes and here are some of the topics she covered:
*Findings from the recent C.A.R.E Survey
*Dry eye symptoms
*What professional to consult if dry eye symptoms are present
*Everyday eyecare tips
*Where to seek more information
Check out the complete interview by downloading it here: https://videostorage. prnewswire.com/storage2/ download/78935_ MichiganMomLiving_360p.zip
For more information, go to www.myeyelove.com.
Marguerite McDonald, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board-certified ophthalmologist offering corneal, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. McDonald is certified on the CATALYS Femtosecond Laser to perform Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (LACS).
Dr. McDonald is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at NYU School of Medicine and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She formerly served as a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Corneal Service at the LSU Eye Center, LSU Medical Center School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. McDonald is currently a senior consultant for several medical device companies and was previously the Medical Director for Alcon/Summit/Autonomous.
Dr. McDonald has been the principal investigator of three National Eye Institute grants for the study of refractive surgery. In New Orleans, she headed the research team investigating the use of the excimer laser. In 1987, she performed the world’s first excimer laser treatment, and in 1993, she performed the world’s first excimer laser surgery for farsightedness. Dr. McDonald also served as a principal investigator for Bausch and Lomb and Nidek EC 5000 lasers. As a result, she performed the world’s first Summit/Autonomous wavefront-based excimer laser surgeries. Dr. McDonald was the second physician in the United States and the third physician in the world to perform CK (conductive keratoplasty) for farsightedness. She was the medical monitor of the U.S. clinical trials that led to the FDA approval of CK. Dr. McDonald was also the first North American surgeon to perform Epi-LASIK.
Dr. McDonald received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and her ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital / Cornell. She also underwent fellowship training in corneal and external diseases at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans, after which she was asked to join the faculty team.
Dr. McDonald has served on the editorial boards of several publications. In 1997, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the prestigious American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She was elected the first female president of the ASCRS in 2002-2003. Most recently, Dr. McDonald served as the first female president of the International Society of Refractive Surgery.
Dr. McDonald is an associate of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, OCLI. OCLI consists of over 30 eye doctors representing most specialties of ophthalmology in eleven locations throughout Long Island: Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, East Setauket, Manhasset, East Meadow, Port Jefferson, Mineola, Garden City, Massapequa and Plainview.
*Based on a dry eye prevalence of 14.5% from the 2014 BOSS (Beaver Dam Offspring Study) of self-reported symptoms and the 2014 US Census estimate of adults ages 25 to 84 years