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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2005 Apr;31(4):661-3.

Slitlamp biomicroscopy of the tear film of patients using topical Restasis and Refresh Endura.

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  • 1Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Rockville Centre, New York 11570, USA.


We describe a technique in which slitlamp biomicroscopy is performed to evaluate eyes in patients using a topical dry-eye agent; ie, topical cyclosporine A ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% (Restasis) or glycerin 1%-polysorbate 80 1% (Refresh Endura). Both are delivered in an oil-emulsion formulation. We also describe a previously unreported physical finding in the tear film of these patients. The examination technique can help confirm patient compliance and the tear-film stability of the 2 agents.

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