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Dry eye disease: diagnosis and management

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4 March - 1 April 2024


30 hours
(4-week block)

Delivery Mode

Online self-paced learning & learn with others


(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 for lifelong learning.

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 algorithms and clinical tools to aid with the process
  • Management – 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 healthcare clinicians and clinician-scientists with an interest in diagnosing, managing or research dry eye disease. This course would also be of interest to individuals working in the dry eye industry.

Online Synchronous Sessions (via Zoom)

  • Week 1: 4 March 2024 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
  • Week 3: 18 March 2024 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT

What are the course credentials?

This course is 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 successful 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 your college as the credential provides documentary evidence which substantiate activities claimed under your college program.

Can I use my credit towards further study?

You can partake another short course with FMECH points to achieve a total 150 hours of learning. Once you have achieved a total of 15 points, reflecting 150 hours of learning, you can use the 15 points to apply for recognition of prior learning for 6 units of credits (UOC) towards a postgraduate program within UNSW Medicine & Health. It is essential to complete and submit the course assessment on or before the final day of the course if you wish to apply to use the points towards CPD and/or 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.

Basic technology requirements

All our short courses are available in Canvas. To complete this short course, you will need access to a desktop computer, laptop or device with sufficient internet access and a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom 


15% discount for UNSW Alumni, UNSW Network, Affiliates, Staff, Students, Adjuncts, and Partners.

Additional discount available for UNSW Medicine & Health Short Course partners! To collect your additional discount, please insert "Partnership Discount" in the email subject and send to the Short Course Team.


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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