Good eye health is important to everyone and pharmacies are often the first port of call for patients suffering with conditions such as dry eye and blepharitis. These are an important patient group to community pharmacy for self care advice and effective treatment so knowledge of the conditions and the best treatment is critical if we are to deliver good health outcomes and a great customer experience.
Dry eye syndrome is estimated to affect up to 33% of the adult population and is more common in people aged 50 years or older and in women. Symptoms of dry eye include dryness, irritation or discomfort, and intermittent blurring of vision and these typically worsen with prolonged visual tasks, exposure to wind and air conditioning.
Blepharitis is a common chronic inflammatory condition affecting the margin of the eyelids and usually develops in middle-age but may occur at any age. It accounts for about 5% of all ophthalmological problems presenting in primary care. Treatment can control symptoms and help prevent complications.
Both of these conditions are covered as part of a series of free webinars aimed at pharmacists and pharmacy teams. Future webinars will also cover:
- 8th October: Preservatives in eye drops
- 17th October: The evolution of dry eye drops
- 7th November: The role of pharmacies in supplying eye drops and supporting patients
These webinars are delivered by Pharmacy in Practice and supported by Théa Pharmaceuticals. Click on the relevant topic title to access either the recorded or register for the live webinars.