To coincide with the July publication of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society’s Dry Eye Workshop II, July will be recognized as Dry Eye Awareness Month.
TFOS DEWS II will update the definition, classification and diagnosis of dry eye; critically evaluate the epidemiology, pathophysiology, mechanism and impact of the disease; address its management and therapy; and develop recommendations for the design of clinical trials to assess pharmaceutical interventions, according to a press release.
The report will be presented at a Congressional Briefing entitled Dry Eye: An Updated Definition, A Greater Impact on Vision Health, on July 12, which will be cohosted by TFOS and the Alliance of Eye and Vision Research.
Although researchers have long known about age, sex and gender as factors, they are now discovering ethnic and racial differences and the fact that dry eye impacts younger patients, according to the release.
The August cover story from Primary Care Optometry News will feature details from the report, with commentary from three TFOS DEWS II subcommittee members and two dry eye experts in the field.