SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - July 12, 2016) - EyeXam, the leading mobile eye care app with more than 1.5 million free downloads to date, today announced the launch of a dry eye screening tool, now available within the EyeXam app, designed to provide dry eye sufferers an easy way to screen the severity of their condition on their mobile devices. The app also makes it easy for a user to search for a nearby eye doctor who can try to determine the cause of their symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Dry eye affects over 20 million people in the United States alone. It is one of the most common reasons people visit an eye doctor and is becoming more prevalent with increases in the daily use of desktop and handheld electronics. Up to 40 percent of Americans experience symptoms of dry eye on a regular basis.
EyeXam incorporated the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire into its mobile app enabling people to determine the severity of their dry eye condition by answering a series of simple questions about their symptoms. The OSDI questionnaire is the most widely accepted tool used by eye doctors in the U.S. The EyeXam app also allows patients to search for a nearby eye doctor and is a convenient gateway to MyDryEyes.com, an educational web site designed to answer commonly asked questions about Chronic Dry Eye (CDE). Since CDE is a progressive disease and, if left untreated, can lead to more serious problems, encouraging people to seek help as early as possible promotes better eye health.
EyeXam users are encouraged to have proactive and fruitful discussions with their eye doctors. The mobile app is designed so consumers who are experiencing dry eye symptoms, like sensitivity to light, a gritty feeling or blurred vision, can download the free iTunes or Android app, take the dry eye quiz that doctors use and trust as a subjective measure of their patients' symptoms, and share the results with their doctor. EyeXam also makes it simple for dry eye sufferers to make an appointment with their eye doctor since otherwise it may be difficult for them to achieve optimal vision and/or to wear contact lenses comfortably.
"Making such a recognized and widely accepted resource to screen for dry eye available in such a popular mobile app is a big step toward achieving optimal eye health for dry eye sufferers everywhere," said Laura Periman, MD, an ophthalmologist whose Seattle area practice specializes in Dry Eye. "By using this mobile app, consumers can proactively self-assess their condition, start to understand the severity level of their dry eyes and easily find an eye doctor to visit."
"Over 75% of patients report their CDE worsens over time," Nikki Iravani, OD, optometrist and EyeXam founder and CEO, added, "but if diagnosed and managed properly, most cases result in greater eye comfort and sharper vision. Since EyeXam is the go-to destination app for self-guided vision screening, we felt it was important to include dry eye screening to further empower consumers so they can determine the severity of their condition and quickly connect with a qualified eye care provider to discuss a treatment plan."
Signaling the importance of mobile technology in healthcare today, smartphone ownership and use has exploded over the last few years. In June 2015 190 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones translating to a 76.7% mobile market penetration. Additionally, studies show almost 80% of consumers in the U.S. have expressed interest in mobile healthcare solutions and they clearly prefer mobile apps, spending 89% of their time on media through mobile apps versus 11% through the mobile web.
EyeXam is the #1 mobile eye care app that seamlessly connects consumers seeking eye care to eye care providers. It has been downloaded for free over 1.5 million times in the United States. EyeXam's smartphone and tablet app (for consumers) and robust supporting cloud-based tools (for providers) are designed to empower patients and providers by engaging them instantly and conveniently with each other. The EyeXam app essentially puts a patient's eye care provider in his or her pocket for unprecedented access leading to improved eye health and wellness. To learn more about EyeXam, visit www.eyexam.com online or the iTunes or Google Play stores on your smartphone or tablet.