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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 923059, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/923059
Research Article

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Dry Eye Treatment by Institutional Chinese Physicians in Singapore

1Singapore Eye Research Institute, 11 Third Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168751
2Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117597
3Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore 169857
4Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore 168751

Received 6 August 2012; Accepted 1 October 2012

Academic Editors: A. Galor and S. Pflugfelder

Copyright © 2012 Wanwen Lan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Dry eye is a common health problem worldwide, causing significant discomfort and inconvenience to sufferers. The conventional treatment of dry eye via topical administration of eye drops is deemed palliative and unsatisfactory to many. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has shown some promise in dry eye treatment; however, the extent of its use and acceptance is uncertain. We evaluated the knowledge, attitude, and practice of institutional TCM practitioners in the treatment of dry eye in Singapore. A questionnaire was generated to address the study aims and sent to TCM practitioners listed in the Singapore TCM practitioners’ board database. About three quarters of respondents thought that dry eye was not severe enough to be a public health burden but most thought that TCM was effective in the treatment of dry eye. Acupuncture and herbal medicine were most commonly used TCM modalities in dry eye treatment, and a single TCM treatment session would be charged S$20–50 by the practitioner. The majority of surveyed institutional TCM practitioners in Singapore believe that TCM is relevant in dry eye treatment. Public awareness should be raised regarding the availability of TCM as alternative medicine for dry eye.