Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease (DED) afflicts an estimated over 30 million people in the United States alone, and nearly half of U.S. adults experience dry eye symptoms regularly. Experts say the pain associated with DED can make it feel as if there is sand in your eyes, or it can be so severe that you may not be able to open your eyes. During a briefing in Washington, D.C. on July 11 hosted by the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) in partnership with the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), TFOS founder Dr. David Sullivan noted that there is no treatment for DED but “with research funding, we hope to develop a cure.” Researchers study factors associated with DED such as autoimmune...
Dry Eye Disease (DED) is on the rise, yet the research to find new treatments for the condition remains underfunded, says Dr. David Sullivan, founder of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). Experts gathered for a briefing in Washington, D.C. on July 12 to discuss the upcoming TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II (TFOS DEWS II™) report which will be released in The Ocular Surface journal in late July. Dr. Paul Karpecki, moderator of the briefing says, “increased computer screen time” has played a role in the increased prevalence of dry eye disease. Epidemiologist Dr. Susan Vitale said other risk factors for developing dry eye include sex, age, and use of contact lenses. Dr. Janine Austin-...

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