TFOS Global Dry Eye Diagnosis & Management Survey. . .
Clinicians, We Need You!
How do you choose the best dry eye treatment for your patient? Is this treatment best for severe disease or does it work for mild disease, too? Is this treatment more successful in dry eye that is hyper-evaporative in nature, rather than aqueous deficient?
There are many questions that the dry eye experts still cant answer, and 3 of our longstanding TFOS members have made it their mission to find out.
The history. . . Flashback to a meeting in London, 2016, Drs. Jennifer Craig, James Wolffsohn and Lyndon Jones began to create an algorithm for clinicians for dry eye disease management. This algorithm would attempt to align dry eye treatment according to specific dry eye subtypes and severities. Creating this algorithm wasnt as simple as theyd hoped! They discovered that there is a lack of peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating the success or otherwise of various management strategies in relation to subtype and severity. They concluded that, until such time as high quality clinical trials would allow more accurate matching of therapies to disease subtype and severity were published, the best means of populating their framework would be on the basis of current clinical practices of a broad range of dry eye specialists.
The answer. . . They have therefore joined forces, with the support of TFOS, to distribute a survey that gives clinicians across the globe an opportunity to share their preferred diagnostic and therapeutic practices. This clinical practice evidence, once collated, will be used to populate the existing framework, to provide a contemporary guide for clinicians caring for patients with dry eye disease of varying subtypes and severities.
The future. . . Ultimately, they hope these data will serve as a starting point for researchers around the world to design and conduct high level clinical trials. These trials will acquire the evidence needed to more accurately define the scopes of therapeutic success of specific treatments for managing dry eye disease of varying subtypes and severities. In this way, we anticipate that anecdotal evidence populating the algorithms framework will be replaced with scientific evidence, allowing clinicians to provide the best evidence-based care for their patients.
This survey will influence global clinical dry eye practice for years to come.
TFOS will distribute this clinical survey soon Watch your inbox! While you await the survey, challenge yourself to start thinking about this very important point of what treatment strategy works best with what severity and sub-type of dry eye disease. We thank you in advance for your cooperation to complete this survey!