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Evolve Medical Education LLC

Advancing the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease

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Overview / Abstract:

It is estimated that 25 million Americans suffer from dry eye disease (DED) and that $3.8 billion is spent on DED symptom relief annually in the United States.1 DED results in ocular discomfort, visual disturbances, contact lens dropout, and may lead to ocular surface damage. Meibomian gland dysfunction is a leading cause of evaporative DED2 and is frequently found in aqueous-deficient DED,3 making it one of the most common diseases observed in eye care clinics. However, it remains one of the most underdiagnosed.4,5

In order to reduce patient discomfort and improve ocular surface health, it is critical that practitioners address the various underlying causes of what is broadly known as DED. In the last few years, numerous studies have demonstrated that the health of the ocular surface is a significant factor to success with any anterior segment patient, and much work has been done to establish the risk factors, symptoms, causes, and treatment options for DED. However, the methodology preferences for evaluating and treating ocular surface disease remain disperse.

Expiration

Mar 03, 2019

Discipline(s)

Optometry / Ophthalmology CE

Format

Monograph

Credits / Hours

2

Accreditation

COPE

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

DEREK CUNNINGHAM, OD; ART EPSTEIN, OD; KELLY NICHOLS, OD, MPH, PHD; WALT WHITLEY, OD, MBA

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Shire Pharmaceuticals

Keywords / Search Terms

Optometry, Ophthalmology, Dry Eye, Ocular Surface, Evolve Medical Education LLC Free CE CME

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