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WCO and Alcon To Lead Dry Eye Disease Education Initiative

Professors Jennifer Craig, Lyndon Jones, and James Wolffsohn will distill the growing amount of research and clinical evidence into accessible educational content.




(PRESS RELEASE) The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and Alcon have partnered to form a global, evidence-based dry eye disease education initiative designed to raise optometrists’ understanding of dry eye etiology and prevalence, diagnosis, and practical management.

Professors Jennifer Craig, Lyndon Jones, and James Wolffsohn will distill the growing amount of research and clinical evidence into accessible educational content. This will begin with a series of online events and content. Click here to read the full news release including quotes from the three faculty members.

Jennifer Craig | Lyndon Jones | James Wolffsohn

Jennifer Craig | Lyndon Jones | James Wolffsohn

Professor Jennifer Craig, PhD FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, FCLS, heads the Ocular Surface Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). As a therapeutic research optometrist, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, leads international multicenter clinical trials, and holds visiting academic appointments around the world. Her research focus is the ocular surface, primarily dry eye disease and tear film dysfunction.

Professor Lyndon Jones, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, is the Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo (Canada). His research interests focus on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye, and the development of novel materials for ocular drug delivery. He has given more than 1,000 invited lectures at conferences worldwide.

Professor James Wolffsohn, BSc, MBS, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, is Head of the School of Optometry and Department of Audiology at Aston University (United Kingdom). His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, myopia management, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, and tear film. He is a National Teaching Fellow, has published more than 290 full peer-reviewed papers, and presented at numerous international conferences.


View the Full News Release on the WCO website.

More information on the WCO and Alcon dry eye disease education initiative including the timing of the first educational session will be available in the coming weeks. Updates will be posted here and to the initiative’s dedicated website, which is in development.



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