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Dry eye education partnership to support optometrists gets underway

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and Alcon have partnered to form a global, evidence-based dry eye disease education initiative designed to raise optometrists’ understanding of dry eye prevalence, diagnosis, and practical management.

Dry eye disease reportedly impacts 1.4 billion people worldwide and is becoming more prevalent in line with factors such as increasing use of technology, environmental triggers, and an aging population.

Unveiled during July, which is Dry Eye Awareness Month, WCO president, Australia’s Associate Professor Peter Hendicott, said it was the ideal launching point for the year-long program.

“We are excited to partner with Alcon in supporting the education of optometrists globally about practical measures to better address dry eye, a condition that without proper diagnosis and treatment can lead to ocular surface disease,” he said.

“By raising the conversation around dry eye, the eyecare community can collectively improve outcomes from a condition that can significantly affect people’s vision and lives.”

The WCO and Alcon dry eye disease initiative will feature the collected insights of several world-renowned opinion leaders, and a simplification of the latest research covering different aspects of dry eye disease. Each will include related, easy-to-implement educational materials.

Dr Carla Mack, global head of professional affairs for Alcon, said the impact of dry eye on quality of life is comparable to other disabling conditions, and even mild to moderate dry eye can reduce quality of life.

“We’ve joined forces with the World Council of Optometry to bring the leading experts in the field and the latest science to the forefront. We’re excited to help more optometrists access the latest data and world-class faculty so that more patients who suffer from dry eye disease find treatment and relief.”

More information, including the names of the faculty, will be available in the coming weeks. Updates will be posted to www.worldcouncilofoptometry.info and to the initiative’s dedicated website, which is in development.

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