Registration opens for WCO and Alcon dry eye education

The first in a new series of online education events around dry eye disease will take place on 8 November

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The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and Alcon have revealed the details of the first in a series of online events in its dry eye disease education initiative.

The ‘Dry Eye Disease Mitigation’ event will take place online on 8 November, led by Professor Jennifer Craig, a member of the faculty behind the new education programme. Registration for the event is now open.

The session will focus on understanding the prevalence and aetiology of dry eye, associated risk factors, and how to triage patients presenting with symptoms. The other faculty members of the education initiative, Professors Lyndon Jones and James Wolffsohn, will join the discussion.

The event will be presented in three separate time zones including 6pm Central Europe Time (5pm in British Summer Time). The presentation will also be available on demand following the event.

Commenting on the presentation, Craig said: “Dry eye disease is a widespread problem that in many cases can be easily managed. It does not require a great deal of infrastructure and only modest specialised education.”

The new series aims to provide practical information that optometrists can apply “right away,” Craig said.

“We need to not only more actively identify patients with dry eye but also point them in the right direction. By doing that, we can improve their quality of life,” she continued.

The dry eye disease education initiative of the WCO and Alcon was launched to help raise understanding amongst optometrists of dry eye and its management, bringing experts in the field together to share the latest in research with eye care professionals.

Plans for future events are set to be released in the coming months.