One of the main drivers for a greater global understanding of dry eye

Dry eye has been a hot topic in optometry for decades but in recent years awareness has really grown. Through the mutual efforts of a number of groups, much has been learned about the basis and impact of dry eye in the continued attempt to improve clinical care for patients.

One of the main drivers for a greater global understanding of dry eye has been the TFOS Dews II report, which created an updated, evidence-based definition and a contemporary classification system for the disease.

Co-author of Dews II, Colin Parsloe, will bring his expertise to Optrafair Exchange, helping delegates to gain a better understanding of the physiology in dry eye disease and the suggested management techniques associated with the condition.

He said: “Most people feel that dry eye disease is either too minor to be concerned with or too complex to deal with. We will look at ways to take the venom from the vicious circle in dry eye disease.

The updated definition as recommended in TFOS Dews II helps to increase understanding of dry eye and will form a central plank of the discussion at Optrafair Exchange.

The definition states: “Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles.

Mr Parsloe, an ophthalmologist at Milton Keynes University Hospital, is an expert in the pathophysiology of dry eye and will review the main diagnostic signs to help delegates in day-to-day practice.

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