Clinicians, we need you! As part of our launch of the TFOS diagnosis & management global survey (Link to the survey: http://bit.ly/2zmZUIK), we are looking for champions in each country across the globe to promote the survey with clinicians from all the professions that treat dry eye, through professional bodies/personal contact lists. There will be formal acknowledgment of these individuals in the resulting publication. The survey & resulting publication are aimed at understanding & mapping current dry eye disease practice to inform practitioners of how their approach compares to others & to inform future research to provide more evidence-basis.
If you wish to translate the survey to increase uptake in your country, then we can also create another version of the survey for you with a new link. If you wish to be considered, please contact James ASAP at: firstname.lastname@example.org (first come first served)
James Wolffsohn, Jennifer Craig and Lyndon Jones
The history. . . Flashback to a TFOS 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. . . With the support of TFOS, this survey will give 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, we 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.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation! Link here to access the TFOS diagnosis and management global survey: http://bit.ly/2zmZUIK