A Case-Based Look at the Management of Dry Eye: Dry Eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome

OVERVIEW

Sjӧgren’s syndrome is an underdiagnosed systemic disease, which often presents as typical dry eye.  The variability of presenting symptoms along with an underappreciation of the condition poses a significant challenge to ophthalmologists who encounter patients with this disease. Delayed diagnosis is a common occurrence, which may result in potentially fatal consequences for patients. Furthermore, options for diagnostic testing are evolving, adding to the challenge of how to efficiently and accurately diagnose patients with Sjӧgren’s syndrome.  This interactive case-based activity will provide participants with the opportunity to optimize the diagnosis and management of patients with Sjӧgren’s syndrome, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of available diagnostic techniques, and analyze the potential benefits and risks of various treatment options by examining the evidence supporting them. 

Target Audience

This activity is intended for cornea specialists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and optometrists. No prerequisites required.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply diagnostic and treatment plans to dry eye patient case scenarios.
  • Recognize the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis and treatment of dry eye and Sjӧgren’s syndrome.

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Additional information
Goal: 

The goal of this activity is to provide participants with the most up-to-date clinical knowledge and strategies for the optimal diagnosis and management of patients with Sjӧgren’s syndrome.

Accreditation Statement: 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: 

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

After reviewing this online activity, participants may receive a certificate by receiving a score of 70% or higher on the CME test and completing an evaluation. A certificate of participation will be available online immediately following successful completion of the activity.

Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge the following company that has provided an educational grant in support of this activity: Shire.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Course opens: 
08/04/2017
Course expires: 
08/05/2018

Preassessment

Dry Eye and Sjӧgren’s Syndrome
Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

Postassessment

This activity was developed in collaboration with ASiM.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Esen Akpek, MD (Chair and Planner)
Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Clinic
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD
Assistant Professor Ophthalmology
Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Center
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jimmy K. Lee, MD
Assistant Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director, Refractive Surgery
Division of Cornea Cataract and External Diseases
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York

Victor L. Perez, MD 
Professor of Ophthalmology, Microbiology, and Immunology
Walter G. Ross Chair in Ophthalmic Research
Director, Ocular Surface Center
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

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Participating Faculty Disclosures
Esen Akpek, MD, reports receiving grants/research support from Allergan Inc and serving as a consultant for Shire.

Victor L. Perez, MD, reports serving as a consultant for Alcon, Allergan Inc, Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, EyeGate Pharma, and Shire; and reports having ownership interest in EyeGate Pharma and OBTears, LLC.

No other faculty members have indicated that they have any financial interests or relationships with a commercial entity whose products or services are relevant to the content of their presentation(s).

Planner Disclosures
Esen Akpek, MD, reports receiving grants/research support from Allergan Inc and serving as a consultant for Shire.

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
08/04/2017
Course expires: 
08/05/2018
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