A new system for monitoring and treating dry eye disease has been launched in Canada.
The TearLab Osmolarity System tests human tears alongside other methods of clinical evaluation in order to aid in the diagnosis of patients who may have the condition.
Dr Lyndon Jones, a professor at the University of Waterloo"s School of Optometry and associate director of the Centre for Contact Lens Research, has been using the system for several months.
He commented: "TearLab represents an excellent solution for practitioners and patients alike, as it offers a rapid and very easy to undertake screening for tear osmolality values in the practice, with no discomfort to the patient."
Elias Vamvakas, chairman and chief executive of TearLab Corporation, said that the move shows Canada to be at the forefront of global eye care innovation.
This week, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommended that using a humidifier can help people who wear contact lenses prevent their eyes from becoming dry during the cold winter months.
By Adrian Galbreth
by Adrian Galbreth