This online educational activity is directed toward ophthalmologists and optometrists who care for patients affected by dry eye disease (DED). Other health care providers involved in the care of patients with DED are also invited to participate.
Dry eye disease (DED) affects about 7% of the US population, and if left untreated, can affect vision and negatively impact quality of life. Eye care experts in DED have recently developed a new definition of DED intended for use worldwide and aimed at providing eye care professionals with a practical tool to help diagnose DED precisely and consistently, using devices already available in the clinic. In this program, two ophthalmologists who specialize in DED review the increasing prevalence of this disease in the digital era and examine the impact of COVID-19 and mask-wearing on its incidence. They also discuss steps in the diagnosis of DED, available and emerging therapies, both devices and pharmacologic agents, and provide expert advice on selecting treatment and counseling patients diagnosed with DED.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: