The Dry Eye Workshop II (DEWS II) report, sponsored by the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, has now been published in the July 2017 issue of The Ocular Surface. There is an introduction, and 10 sub-committee reports, including the Clinical Trials and Regulatory Sub-Committee report of which Dr. Novack was the chair. This represents over 2 years work by 125+ worldwide researchers and clinicians. It supplants the 2007 report with the latest review of Dry Eye research. #TFOSDEWSII @aao_ophth
Dr. Novack provided an update on novel therapies in pharmacotherapies in Ophthalmology Times. He reviews treatments in all phases of clinical development, and those recently approved. This is from anterior (dry eye, glaucoma) to posterior (wet AMD, etc).
Several groups have declared July 2017 as Dry Eye Awareness Month.
TFOS DEWS II™ highlights will be presented at a July 12 Congressional Briefing entitled Dry Eye: An Updated Definition, A Greater Impact on Vision Health—co-hosted by TFOS and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR)—to be held from 12 Noon – 1:15 pm in Rayburn 2168 (Gold Room). The Briefing will be bookended by a “Test Your Tears” Dry Eye Screening and Dry Eye Researcher Poster Presentation from 11:30 am – 2 pm. The vision community is making Congressional education about dry eye a priority since it impacts healthcare policy, as it is one of the most frequent causes of patient visits to eye care providers, and since federal research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including its National Eye Institute (NEI), is being used to study dry eye causes and develop treatments.
Also, stay tuned for the TFOS DEWS II report, due 1 July 2017 in The Ocular Surface.
Dr. Novack was a visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison in May 2017. He presented a lecture in the Frontiers in Vision Research series about ophthalmic drug development and drug delivery.
Dr. Novack at University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 2017
Dr. Novack attended the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Baltimore, MD. This was his approximately 33rd ARVO meeting. He presented in the Special Interest Group on the TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II. As well he had two side-by-side posters in a glaucoma poster session- one on an investigational drug, and the other on a recently cleared minimally-invasive glaucoma stent (MIGS). He was also an author on a oral presentation of an investigational drug to treat elevated intraocular pressure.
Dr. Novack in front of his two, side-by-side, posters on glaucoma therapies
TFOS DEWS II Chairs (Dr. Novack is 5th from left)