Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society

Schepens scientists lead a global effort to redefine dry eye syndrome.

The Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS) is an international group of more than 60 scientists, clinicians and industry specialists.  Over a period of three years, they have worked to evaluate and update the definition, classification and diagnosis of dry eye and related ocular surface diseases. They have also critically assessed the etiology, mechanism, distribution and global impact of the disease, and addressed its management and therapy.  Their recommendations will be presented at several upcoming international conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology to be held in Fort Lauderdale in May. This global effort was sponsored by the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society.

Members of the Institute have played a prominent role in this important work.  They include Dr. David Sullivan, co-founder and president of TFOS, Dr. Ilene Gipson, Dr. Debra Schaumberg, Schepens trustee Dr. Mark Abelson, Dr. Pablo Argüeso, Dr. Reza Dana, Dr. Darlene Dartt, and Schepens trustee Dr. Donald Korb.  Also involved are Schepens Adjunct Clinical Senior Scientists Drs. Stefano Bonini and Shigeru Kinoshita.

The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society brings together academic and industry researchers to assess critically the current knowledge and 'state of the art' research on the structure and function of tear film-producing tissues, tears and the ocular surface in both health and disease.  It promotes an international exchange of information of value to basic scientists involved in eye research, to clinicians in the eye care community, and to pharmaceutical companies with an interest in the treatment of tear film or ocular surface disorders.

Visit TFOS online at www.tearfilm.org.