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CME: Addressing unmet needs for a common condition: Drugs and device updates in dry eye disease

Activity Description / Statement of Need:

In this online, self-learning activity:

Dry eye disease (DED) is a condition with a diverse group of etiologies and whose common symptoms include discomfort or pain, visual disturbance, tear film instability, and ocular surface inflammation. Compared with those without the condition, patients with DED experience higher rates of loss of work productivity, impaired of daily activities, medical visits, and sleep and mood disorders, and worse emotion well-being and overall quality of life. Although the prevalence of DED varies based on a variety of patient factors, estimates place it as high as 20% of the adult population and more than 34% in the elderly. The aggregate U.S. economic impact is estimated be over $3 billion in direct medical expenses and $55 billion in indirect expenses annually. Nonetheless, DED is both underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Target Audience:

The following HCPs: ophthalmology and optometry; physician assistants and nurse practitioners who practice or are interested in ophthalmology; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who clinically encounter patients with dry eye.

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by a educational grants from Alcon and Bausch+Lomb.

This activity is free of charge.

Release Date: December 22, 2022 -- Expiration Date: December 22, 2024

Faculty: Weldon Haw, MD


Faculty introduction, disclosures

Introduction content: cursory refresher and review of dry eye

  • Epidemiology: Helping define the contours of the challenge
  • Impact on vision interventions, quality of life
  • Pathophysiology
  • Subtypes
    • Evaporative dry eye and MGD
    • Aqueous deficiency
  • Diagnostic considerations and under-diagnosis

Therapeutic management of dry eye

  • Goals of therapy
  • First-line therapy, including artificial tears
  • Next-line therapies: topical immunomodulation, integrin inhibition, corticosteroid treatment, nicotinic agonism
  • MGD and the role of thermal pulsation
  • Investigational therapy
  • Barriers to care
  • Patient cases

Summary, best practice recap, conclusion

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Summarize the healthcare burden unique to patients with DED and challenges to successful management.
  • Recall the clinical impact and efficacy of present and emerging treatments for DED.
  • Formulate a treatment plan for a patient with DED.


ACCME Activity #202371623

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through ScientiaCME. ScientiaCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: ScientiaCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs): The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. ScientiaCME will provide NPs who successfully complete each activity with a certificate of participation indicating that the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

North Carolina Optometrists: This course qualifies as 1.0 hours of Certified Credit.

Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved thru content review by ScientiaCME.

Disclosure of Faculty: Weldon W. Haw, MD, Clinical Professor, UCSD School of Medicine, has received financial compensation from Alcon and Bausch+Lomb for consulting and/or speaker's bureau work.

Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, President of ScientiaCME, has no relevant financial disclosures.

Faculty WILL discuss off-label uses.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

ScientiaCME adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by a educational grants from Alcon and Bausch+Lomb.


  • Read the learning objectives above
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowledge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Minimum participation threshold: Take the post-test. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass and proceed to the activity evaluation.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately.

Cultural/Linguistic Competence & Health Disparities

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Please take a few minutes to participate in the optional pre-test. It will help us measure the knowledge gained by participating in this activity.

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