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In this episode of the ODs on Facebook Podcast we discuss how ODs can elevate their management of Dry Eye Disease (DED) by incorporating a comprehensive dry eye strategy. Specifically, we will be focusing on the latest evidence-based best practices and practice management strategies that can enhance the success of your practice as you provide dry eye services.

This episode was created in collaboration with the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). TFOS is perhaps best known for its landmark Dry Eye Workshops which bring together the top clinicians and researchers who specialize in DED from around the world. These workshops are held every ten years and provide a report containing consensus opinion of the most up-to-date scientific understanding of the pathophysiology of DED as well as providing a set of evidence-based best practices to help clinicians become more effective at diagnosing and treating the condition. We will be discussing the contents of the latest of these reports, the DEWS II, on this episode.

Joining us on this episode is none other than Dr. Scott Schachter, a TFOS global ambassador and a well-known thought leader in the field of ocular surface disease. Dr. Schachter received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry and opened a private practice in Pismo Beach, CA with an emphasis on ocular surface disease. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Marshall B. Ketchum University and has presented scientific posters and published articles in peer-review scientific journals such as Optometry and Vision Science, ARVO, AAO, and AOA. 

He is the founder of Ocular Surface Academy, an organization that provides a unique educational experience for doctors that combines wine tourism with cutting edge education on dry eye management. Dr. Schachter is also the founder of the Facebook group OSDocs which is a forum where doctors with an interest in dry eye disease share information with colleagues about the latest advances in the field.

Dry eye educational resources:

Tear Film and Ocular Society

OSDocs Facebook Group

Dry Eye Coach

Dry Eye Master

Dry eye educational meetings:

Dry Eye University

Dry Eye Institute

Twin Cities Symposium

Dry Eye Bootcamp

Ocular Surface Academy

Dr. Schachter’s contact information:

Email: scott@ocularsurfaceacademy.com

Disclosures:

Dr. Schachter would like to disclose consulting relationships with the following companies:  Alcon, Allergan, Novartis, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, ScienceBased Health, Lumenis, Bio Tissue, Meibox Medical Solutions, Kala Pharmaceuticals, Dompe and Oasis.

Fayiz Mahgoub
Associate Editor, Eye Care Technology and Vision Therapy for odsonfb.com. Dr. Mahgoub enjoys sharing his thoughts on a variety of eye care topics as a contributing writer to Eyecare Business Magazine, Optometric Management Magazine, newgradoptometry.com and introwellness.com. He also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Defocus Media where he hosts the eye care technology podcast, VisionTECH with Fayiz Mahgoub as well as The ODs on Facebook Podcast. In 2015 Dr. Mahgoub founded the organization Young Leaders in Optometry to bring together the brightest young minds in optometry with the goal of empowering the professional growth of young optometrists and helping them make a positive impact on our profession. Today, Young Leaders in Optometry hosts educational events during optometric conferences to showcase the brightest young leaders in our field. In 2019 Dr. Mahgoub founded Augmented Vision Labs, an eyecare technology company focused on leveraging emerging technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, spatial computing and cloud computing to enhance the delivery of eyecare.

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