The TFOS Board of Directors congratulate Amy Gallant Sullivan for raising the funds necessary to launch the sequel to the original TFOS Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS). This was an extraordinary effort. The Board also thanks the following sponsors, whose generous contributions to date have made this sequel, TFOS DEWS II, possible:
Title Sponsor: Alcon
Platinum Sponsor: Shire
Gold Sponsor: Allergan
Silver Sponsor: Bausch & Lomb
Bronze Sponsors: Dompé, Horus, Oculeve, TearLab and THEA
We anticipate that TFOS DEWS II will update the definition, classification and diagnosis of dry eye disease, critically assess the etiology, mechanism, distribution and global impact of this disorder, and address its management and therapy.
The Steering Committee (SC) will be announced shortly. The SC will meet in March or early April. The SC will finalize the TFOS DEWS II mission and Subcommittee topics, select the ~80 to 100 WorkShop participants from the nominees, establish detailed objectives and decide upon a timeline. Potential Subcommittee topics include –
• Definition and classification
• Sex differences
• Iatrogenic dry eye (i.e. drug- and surgery-induced)
• Tear film
• Management & therapy
• Clinical trial design
• Consumer (i.e. communication of the conclusions and recommendations for the lay person)
This report will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and the TFOS DEWS II members will be authors. We anticipate that this evidence-based process may require more than 18 months to complete. The TFOS DEWS II will be, as with all TFOS Workshops, an international effort that will lead to a global consensus on dry eye disease. Preliminary Subcommittee summaries may be presented at the next TFOS Conference, which will occur from September 7 to 10, 2016, in Montpellier, France.
More information will be available soon via: http://www.tfosdewsreport.org/
For more information about Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy at Amy@TearFilm.org.