In A Nutshell...
MyDryEye.com is a teaching platform built to Empower YOU learn how to best manage Dry Eye Disease.
A family run site founded by Dr Colin Parsloe - a Professional Patient
Who's Colin? (The Short Version)
My name is Colin Parsloe. I work as a very busy general ophthalmologist. I developed dry eye disease during my final years of training in 2006.
I spent 3 months unpaid leave trying to research this condition. There was no clear single definition for dry eye disease, multiple classification systems existed and key words were used interchangeably. After 3 months I conceded defeat.
A few months later the first Tear Film and Ocular Surface Dry Eye Workshop report (TFOS DEWS) was published - A game changer in the understanding of Dry Eye Disease - and I was hooked.
I have dedicated much of the following years researching and developing useful diagnostic and treatment algorithms for dry eye disease. I have worked, advising and developing new therapies with the leading international pharmaceutical and MedTec companies involved in dry eye disease.
I have worked with Alcon / Novartis, Allergen, Thea, Santen, Scope Ophthalmic, The Body Doctor, Johnson and Johnson and numerous others in less formal roles.
My Foundational Beliefs
For the last 4 years I have been very active in my passion of teaching fellow eye care colleagues about the diagnosis and management of this, the most common disease in ophthalmology. I have lectured at multiple conferences nationally and internationally, having been keynote speaker at optometric conferences as well as being an invited speaker for the international Royal College of Ophthalmologists meeting in Liverpool in May 2018.
I have authored or co-authored and delivered 2 full day and 1 full day training on dry eye disease for some of the leading international pharmaceutical companies. I have trained business development managers for multiple international pharmaceutical companies.
I had the distinct privilege of being a contributing author of the TFOS DEWS II report. Together with around 150 of my heroes in the dry eye world, we spent the best part of 3 years reviewing the latest research and compiling a comprehensive 400 page article recently published in a highly respected medical journal.
Through MyDryEye.com I bring all those years of experience and learning together and offer it to you.
Why I do What I do?
I see too many patients who have not been diagnosed correctly or have been given poor advice.
I have seen the effects of poor treatment (either poor advice or poor performance of the treatment) and the long-term physical damage that results in permanent changes too the eyelids and the effects if long-term emotional strain on too many people.
I have spent countless hours thinking about this condition. Hours chatting to fellow Dry Eye Enthusiasts, world leading researchers and patients. I recall a long sunny afternoon in Paris after a conference sitting at the base of a statue pondering - then having a eureka moment where I had clarity over the way to finally understand how various key elements of dry eye disease all fit together.
I want to share this because if you understand the key components then it is easier to fit the pieces of the jigsaw together. All of us can get to grips with this but it does take a little effort and time.
I am always asked to do a 'one hour talk on Dry Eye Disease'. This is just not enough time to cover the topic. Alternatively I do presentations for one hour on a small component of Dry Eye Disease. The delegates get numerous fragmented pieces of information (pieces of the jigsaw) but they can not connect the pieces to form the whole picture.
They then go off and implement the advice. However without the whole picture and with the best intentions in mind, they can understandably provide good advice to the wrong person. The result is that both the Eye Care Specialist and the person with the disease become disappointed with the results. Eventually one or both give up thinking it it too complex or treatment just does not work.
I want MyDryEye.com to be the go-to source of solid evidence based advice that gives the whole picture on Dry Eye Disease.
This is the reason I have put together the Essential Dry Eye Course
This is a predominantly video based, 2 hour long online course. It is designed to give people suffering with Dry Eye Disease the key (Essential) information to have a good overview of what Dry Eye Disease is.
It does not cover diagnosis - this will be in a future Dry Eye Course for Eye Care Specialists.
My promise to you!
I will not talk down to you - I am not a professor or even a Corneal Specialist
I will not waste your time - I will get you from where you are right now to a place of greater understanding in the least amount of time - without waffling or time wasting. However I want to do this as safely as possible to ensure that we do not miss to much of the crucial building blocks needed.
I will not be available all the time - I will not be on the Facebook group (MyDryEye - the Champions) or the LinkedIn Group - (Dry Eye Disease Key opinion leaders) very regularly. I only have so many hours in a day. However when I am on there, you will get a considered response from me.
"I truly believe that we can make a significant improvement in the diagnosis and management of Dry Eye disease with a little learning and effort. WITHOUT the need of more equipment or for a consultation with an eye care specialist to take significantly longer".
I will provide more in-depth teaching in a practical pragmatic way over our webinars and online Q&A sessions.
Obtain core knowledge
The videos for this course are really very good. Perfect for the lay person to obtain core knowledge of their Dry Eye Disease.
I would like to say how splendid the videos are, so much work has gone into them, they are fabulous and will be a great help to people.
Development manager International Glaucoma Association
Optometrist with a special interest in managing Dry Eye Disease