Modern and Collaborative Approaches to Dry Eye Disease Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management (Archived CE Webcast)

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Activity Description and Purpose

The number of people with dry eye disease (DED) is increasing, likely due to the influence of acts of modern living, such as use of digital screens and working in indoor office environments. The increase in DED prevalence is not age specific; both young and old patients are sitting in the chairs of eye care practitioners with signs and symptoms of DED. These patients are often first seen by optometrists, who are at the front line of eye health and work collaboratively with ophthalmologists on more severe cases of DED. This collaboration extends into the surgical room. A successful comanaging partnership between the optometrist and the ophthalmologist ensures that patients achieve and maintain a healthy ocular surface throughout the entire surgical process. The desired results of this activity are to update clinicians on diagnostic and treatment strategies for the management of DED as well as collaborative strategies that can better educate patients on their role in the successful management of their DED.

This continuing medical education activity is provided by MedEdicus LLC.



This continuing education activity is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Click below for a downloadable patient education brochure on dry eye disease:

PDF icon DED Patient Education Brochure.pdf

Target Audience

This educational activity is intended for optometrists.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize factors that influence the evolving prevalence of dry eye disease 
  • Select appropriate tests for diagnosing dry eye disease
  • Describe the implications of inflammation in dry eye disease on treatment
  • Select the most appropriate treatment regimen for individual patients with dry eye disease
  • Incorporate education regularly into patient encounters
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imageKendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS (Co-Chair)
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Medical Director
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Plantation
Plantation, Florida
imageWalter O. Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO (Co-Chair)
Director, Optometric Services
Virginia Eye Consultants
Virginia Beach, Virginia


Disclosure Policy

MedEdicus requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of this educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. Financial relationship information is collected and resolved prior to the educational activity.


Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS, is a consultant for Alcon; Allergan; Bausch & Lomb Incorporated; Dompé US, Inc; Eyevance; Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc; Kala Pharmaceuticals; Lumenis; Omeros Corporation; TissueTech, Inc; and Zeiss.

Walter O. Whitley, OD, MBA, is a consultant for Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Alcon, Allergan, Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Bio-Tissue, Bruder Healthcare, Eyevance, Glaukos Corporation, Horizon Therapeutics plc, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Notal Vision, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc, OCuSOFT Inc, Oyster Point Pharma, Inc, Quidel Corporation, Regener-Eyes, RVL Pharmaceuticals, Inc, ScienceBased Health, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc, TearLab Corporation, and Thea Pharmaceuticals Limited; is on the speakers bureau for Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Alcon, Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, Bio-Tissue, Eyevance, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, ScienceBased Health, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc; and has ownership interest in Leo Lens Technology, Inc.

Peer Reviewer

This activity was peer reviewed. The peer reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.

Planners and Managers

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Accreditation Statement

image COPE approved for 1.0 CE credit for optometrists.
COPE Course ID: 70853-AS (Enduring Distance Learning)
COPE Course Category: Treatment & Management of Ocular Disease: Anterior Segment (AS)

Administrator: image

Sponsored by: image

Disclosure of Commercial Support

This continuing education activity is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Off-Label Discussion

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