RELEASE: A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Diseases

TFOS report on vision-compromising challenges announced.

RELEASE: A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Diseases

TFOS report on vision-compromising challenges announced

BOSTON, April 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Tear Film

The World Health Organization indicates that eye problems are increasingly related to the chosen lifestyle.1 "Lifestyle defines the way a person lives. The way we live can influence our environment, but it can also affect our health," explained Jennifer Craig, MD, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Ocular Surface Laboratory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

"This new TFOS report focuses on the direct and indirect impact that everyday lifestyle choices and challenges have on the health of the ocular surface, from screen time to our beauty routines, our nutrition or where we live," said Amy Gallant Sullivan, executive director of TFOS. "It is our mission as a world-renowned scientific society to advance our understanding and educate the public and professionals about how our choices affect our eyes, our vision, and our quality of life," said Dr. Monica Alves, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology from the University of Campinas, Brazil.

"The study of ocular surface diseases has evolved dramatically in recent years, and TFOS has been instrumental in this transformation," explained Jennifer Craig, MD. "TFOS reports play a critical role in consolidating and translating published science and literature, while inspiring future research by identifying gaps and unmet needs."

"This TFOS Lifestyle Workshop report involved 158 experts from 38 countries around the world, took almost three years to complete, and committed to an evidence-based approach and open communication process, dialogue and transparency, in order to achieve consensus regarding lifestyle choices and ocular surface diseases," concluded David A. Sullivan, PhD, Founder of TFOS.


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Note to Editors: The TFOS Lifestyle Workshop was supported by unrestricted donations to TFOS from Alcon, Allergan an AbbVie Company, Bausch Lomb, Bruder Healthcare, CooperVision, CSL Seqirus, Dompé, ESSIRI Labs, ESW-Vision, Eye Drop Shop , I-MED Pharma, KALA Pharmaceuticals, Laboratoires Théa, Santen, Novartis, Shenyang Sinqi Pharmaceutical, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Trukera Medical, and URSAPHARM.

1. World Report on Vision (2019) Retrieved from

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