Dry Eye - The Overlooked Disease

Dry Eye - The Overlooked Disease

Dry Eye - The Overlooked Disease


This is a dry eye webinar hosted by Vanessa Poulin and Dr. Carolyn Brookfield. They discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of dry eye in animals, focusing on products from I-MED Animal Health. The webinar covers the importance of tears, the three layers of the tear film, diagnostic tests, and products such as  I-DROP® VET drops, I-LID ’N LASH® VET, and Vet Shield for treating dry eye and related conditions in animals.

0:01 - Introduction to Dry Eye Webinar and Tear Film Anatomy

  • Vanessa introduces herself and I-MED Animal Health
  • Dr. Brookfield's diverse career background and webinar topics
  • Explanation of the tear film anatomy and its importance

5:55 - Understanding Dry Eye Disease in Humans and Animals

  • The lipid layer in the eye prevents evaporation and nourishes the eye.
  • Tears are not enough to prevent dry eye, which can be caused by various factors.
  • Dry eye can affect dogs and cats, with symptoms like excessive tearing and squinting.
  • Causes of dry eye include immune-mediated conditions, surgery, and infectious diseases.
  • A case study of a dog with dry eye symptoms and the Shermer tear test for diagnosis.

11:49 - Diagnostic Tests for Dry Eye Disease in Dogs

  • The I-TEAR® TEST test is a quick 5-second test for dry eye disease.
  • The Tear Break Up Time test helps assess the quality of tears in dogs.
  • Max is diagnosed with dry eye disease due to low tear production.

17:43 - Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye Disease in Dogs

  • Tears are inadequate in one dog, while another has excessive tearing but poor tear quality.
  • Diagnosing dry eye involves assessing environmental factors, tear volume, and conducting eye exams.
  • Treatment options for dry eye in dogs include cyclosporine and tacrolimus, but they have challenges and limitations.

23:37 - Benefits of Visco-Adaptive Tears and Hyaluronic Acid in Eye Drops

  • Visco-adaptive tears stimulate tear secretion and modulate immune-mediated inflammation.
  • Healthy tear film has high viscosity when eyes are open and low viscosity when blinking.
  • Hyaluronic acid in eye drops helps refresh and stabilize the tear film, reducing tear evaporation.
  • Eye drop vet gel contains visco-adaptive properties, glycerin, and medical-grade hyaluronic acid.

29:31 - Supporting Ingredients for Tear Film Stability and Innovation in Eye Drops

  • Ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid support the three layers of the tear film.
  • Innovation in eye drops includes a one-way valve to prevent contamination and preservative-free formula.
  • The eye drops are beneficial for various eye conditions, including tear staining and excess tearing.

35:23 - Preventing Tear Staining and Nasal Fold Odor in Dogs

  • Excessive tear staining in dogs can be caused by porphyrin, an eye chemical excreted in tears and saliva.
  • Preventing tear staining and nasal fold odor in dogs can be achieved through proper eye hygiene and cleaning.
  • The product I-LID ’N LASH® VET is recommended for preventing tear staining and maintaining eye health in dogs.

41:16 - Ocular Health and Treatment for Dogs: Key Points and Considerations

  • Importance of following eye care instructions for dogs.
  • Benefits of using eye drops for dogs like Max and Roxy.
  • Treatment options for corneal ulcers and abrasions in dogs.

47:08 - Summary of Eye Care Products and Solutions for Pets

  • Importance of reading instructions for using eye care products.
  • Explanation of using I-DROP® VET GEL for hydrating the lens and proper application.
  • Overview of solutions for dry eye problems in pets and the importance of keeping eyes clean.

53:00 - Understanding and Treating Dry Eye in Dogs

  • Importance of using safe products for dog eye care.
  • Causes of ulcers and abrasions in dogs' eyes, including dry eye.
  • Recommendation for using medical grade products for dog eye care.