The ophthalmic community is focusing its attention on dry eye disease to increase patient and provider awareness as part of Dry Eye Awareness Month 2019.
In 2017, the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) released its TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II1 (known as TFOS DEWS II) as part of its efforts to raise awareness of the increasing global burden of DED.
On July 10, TFOS and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) will hold a Congressional luncheon briefing and dry eye screening in Washington, D.C., to formally present on the ongoing impact of the TFOS DEWS II report.
A “Test Your Tears” dry eye screening (using osmolarity) will be held concurrently, TFOS said in a statement.
“The vision community is making Congressional education about dry eye a priority since it impacts healthcare policy, as it is one of the most frequent causes of patient visits to eye care providers,” The organization said in its statement. “Federal research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including its National Eye Institute (NEI), is being used to study dry eye causes and develop treatments.”
The dry eye panelists expected to speak at the briefing include Victor Perez Quinones, MD, of Duke University; Deborah S. Jacobs, MD, of Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School; Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, of Vision Optique; and David A. Sullivan, MS, PhD, of the Schepens Eye Research Institute/Harvard Medical School and TFOS Founder.
1. Craig JP, Nelson JD, Azar DT, et al. TFOS DEWS II Report Executive Summary. Ocul Surf 2017;15(4):802-12.