2019: Article in press
Research Article

Intranasal Neurostimulation for Dry Eye: First Impressions

William J Faulkner
Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Ophthalmology
Stephanie Granat
Cincinnati Eye Institute
Published March 5, 2019
Keywords
  • Dry Eye,
  • Neurostimulation,
  • meibomian gland,
  • tachyphylaxis

Abstract

Although many new and helpful treatments for dry eye disease have been developed, there remains a subset of patients who continue to look for easier or more effective treatments. A consecutive group of 28 moderate to severe dissatisfied dry eye patients in one practice were surveyed after initial exposure to and trial with a novel intranasal neurostimulation technique. Results were overall positive. Seventy-one percent had a favorable impression. Average rating on 1-10 scale was 6.92. Twenty-five percent purchased the device immediately despite no insurance coverage. Of those who did not buy, 100% said they would consider purchase later. Time and experience will show how valuable this new technology is and how it fits in the dry eye armamentarium.