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Dry eye disease: diagnosis and management is a Course

Dry eye disease: diagnosis and management

Aug 7, 2023 - Sep 1, 2023
3 credits

$750 Enrol

Full course description






7 August - 1 September 2023


30 hours
(4-week block)

Delivery Mode

Online self-paced & learn with others
(asynchronous &


(GST inclusive)

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This practical short course has been approved by Optometry Australia (OA) for the Institute of Excellence Quality Assurance (CPD).

The short course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to confidently diagnose and sub-type dry eye disease, and to differentially diagnose from other conditions such as blepharitis, neuropathic ocular pain and neurotrophic conditions.

The course further equips you with the skills to manage dry eye disease with both therapeutic and non-therapeutic options, and to critically appraise the literature regarding new therapies as they are introduced.By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the tools, knowledge and insight required to diagnose and manage patients with dry eye disease within their own practices, and with the skills to stay abreast of the constant changes in the field.

What are the course learning outcomes?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe normal ocular surface anatomy and how it changes in dry eye disease.
  • Identify the clinical signs of dry eye disease to detect and sub-type dry eye disease.
  • Differentially diagnose dry eye disease from other conditions.
  • Identify key risk factors for dry eye disease.
  • Create a record-keeping system to enable a smooth work-flow for diagnosis and management.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for management of patients with dry eye disease.
  • Devise short and long-term management plans for dry eye disease.
  • Formulate co-management of dry eye disease with other health professionals.
  • List the factors for staying abreast with the changes in the field and critically appraise any introductions to the field of dry eye disease.

What core topics are offered?

For lifelong learning, the following topics are offered in the course for developing and increasing your knowledge, understanding and skills in diagnosing and managing dry eye disease, and appraising new introductions to the field.

  • The ocular surface and tear film
  • Dry eye disease definition
  • Dry eye disease sub-typing and differential diagnosis
  • Epidemiology of dry eye disease Risk factors, including iatrogenic factors
  • Diagnostic algorithm and clinical tools to aid with the process
  • Management algorith – both therapeutic and non-therapeutic
  • Working with other health care professionals for the management of dry eye disease
  • Interpreting the evidence: staying abreast of updates in the field, and critically appraising the evidence
  • Communication skills for the dry eye clinician.

Who is this course suited to?

Eye health care clinicians and clinician-scientists with an interest in diagnosing, managing or research dry eye disease.

Online Synchronous Sessions (via Zoom)

  • Week 1:  7 August 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
  • Week 3: 21 August 2023 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
  • Compulsory assessment for credentialing: 1st September 2023

What are the course credentials?

This course is approved by OA for the Institute of Excellence (CPD) and worth 3 UNSW Medicine & Health Executive Certificate in Health (FMECH) points, which provides formal recognition of professional development and reflects 30 hours of learning inclusive of pre-work, course participation, learning materials and support. Upon course completion, you will be issued with a UNSW Medicine & Health verifiable credential.

The credential is valid for 3 years and can be counted towards your continuing professional development (CPD). Please check with Optometry Australia (OA) as the credential provides documentary evidence which can be claimed under your CPD program.


Can I use my credit towards further study?

There is an optional assessment associated with this course. All participants will be issued with 3 FMECH points upon completion of the course, it is essential to complete the optional assessment if you wish to apply to use the points towards credit for a UNSW postgraduate program in the future.


Price is inclusive of 30 hours of learning, digital badging, online credential learning resources, evidence-based research, practical tools and techniques, support and course completion assessment.


^15% discount for UNSW Alumni, UNSW Network, Affiliates, Staff, Students, Adjuncts, and Partners, or anyone who refers a friend.



A/Prof Maria Markoulli
UNSW Medicine & Health

Associate Professor Markoulli is an Optometrist at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Medicine & Health. Her research interests lie within tear film biochemistry and the ocular surface. In particular, her research goals are to:

  1. understand the impact that systemic disease, such as diabetes, can have on corneal nerves and tear film biochemistry
  2. characterise the impact of dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction on the ocular surface and identify effective treatments
  3. minimise contact lens-related adverse events.

More information about Associate Professor Maria Markoulli.


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