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Professor Jennifer Craig, Professor Lyndon Jones, Teacher James Wolffsohn

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Evidence-based Program to Feature Dry Eye Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Management

ST . LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES, September 14, 2022 / EINPresswire. com / — The World Authorities of Optometry (WCO) plus Alcon have named three global experts as lead faculty for their new dry eye disease education initiative. The worldwide evidence-based program is designed to raise optometrists’ understanding associated with dry vision etiology and prevalence, diagnosis, and practical management.

Teachers Jennifer Craig, Lyndon Jones, and James Wolffsohn will distill the growing amount of research and clinical evidence into accessible educational content. This will begin with a series of online events plus content.

Professor Craig, PhD FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, FCLS, heads the particular Ocular Surface Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). As a therapeutic research optometrist, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, leads international multicenter medical trials, plus holds visiting academic appointments around the particular world. Her research focus is the ocular surface, primarily dry eye disease and tear film dysfunction. She regularly delivers continuing education and research lectures and publishes widely within scientific plus clinical press. She has contributed in order to the Tear Film and Ocular Surface area Society’s (TFOS) International Workshops on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Contact Lens Discomfort plus served as Vice Chair for TFOS Dry Vision Workshop (DEWS) II.

Teacher Jones, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, is the particular Director associated with the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University associated with Waterloo (Canada). His study interests focus on the particular interaction of novel plus existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry attention, and the development of novel materials with regard to ocular drug delivery. He has authored more than 450 refereed and professional papers (including serving because lead author on the TFOS DEWS II Management and Therapy Report), a textbook, and has given more than 1, 000 invited lectures at conferences worldwide.

Professor Wolffsohn, BSc, MBS, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, is Head associated with the School of Optometry and Division of Audiology at Aston University (United Kingdom). His main analysis areas are the development plus evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, myopia management, contact lenses, intraocular lens, and rip film. He is a National Teaching Fellow, offers published a lot more than 290 full peer-reviewed papers, and presented at numerous international conferences. He will be the academic chair associated with the British Contact Lens Association, having previously served as President and was chair of the BCLA Contact Zoom lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR).

Professor Craig said, “Chronic dry eyesight disease that adversely impacts daily life remains one associated with the most commonly reported problems in eye care practice globally. It’s an honor to be involved in this valuable collaboration between WCO and Alcon, which offers an exciting opportunity in order to raise awareness of this impactful illness and, using the best available scientific evidence, to support practitioners within any scientific setting across the world to deliver optimal treatment for patients with dried out eye. ”

Professor Jones said, “Dry eye disease is the global issue that continues to grow in terms of the numbers of people it affects and the particular impact it has on sufferers. Data shows quite clearly the impact it provides on eyes health, ocular comfort, depression, and economic burden. I am delighted that the WCO has partnered along with Alcon to make individuals more aware of the fact that dry eye disease is more than just an annoyance; it has a real impact that needs in order to be addressed. I am extremely excited to be part of the team raising consciousness of this issue. ”

Professor Wolffsohn said, “A substantial proportion of our patients possess dry eyes condition, impacting their quality of life. Because eye care practitioners, we need to be unified in our differential diagnosis plus evidence-based in our administration of this particular chronic disease. The partnership between the WCO and Alcon offers great potential to raise the profile of dry eye disease and to improve the particular quality of eye treatment provided in order to patients globally. ”

More information upon the WCO and Alcon dry eye disease schooling initiative including the timing of the first academic session will certainly be obtainable in the coming weeks. Updates will be posted to www.worldcouncilofoptometry.info and also to the particular initiative’s dedicated website, which is within development.

About the World Council of Optometry

The Globe Council associated with Optometry (WCO) is an international membership-based non-profit organization regarding individual optometrists, industry professionals and optometric organizations that will envisions a world where optometry makes high quality eye health and vision care accessible to all people. Its mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and assistance optometrists in promoting eye health insurance and vision treatment as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach. To learn more, please visit www.worldcouncilofoptometry.info or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Alcon

Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in vision care with a heritage spanning over 75 years, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight plus improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases, and refractive errors. Our more than 24, 000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with Eye Care Professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.alcon.com .

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