Research in dry eye: report of the Research Subcommittee of the International Dry Eye WorkShop (2007)

Ocul Surf. 2007 Apr;5(2):179-93. doi: 10.1016/s1542-0124(12)70086-1.


Members of the DEWS Research Subcommittee reviewed research into the basic mechanisms underlying dry eye disease. Evidence was evaluated concerning the tear film, lacrimal gland and accessory lacrimal glands, ocular surface epithelia (including cornea and conjunctiva), meibomian glands, lacrimal duct system and the immune system. Consideration was given to both animal and human research data. Results are presented as a series of information matrices, identifying what is known and providing supporting references. An attempt is made to identify areas for further investigation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoimmune Diseases / complications
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Dry Eye Syndromes* / etiology
  • Dry Eye Syndromes* / metabolism
  • Dry Eye Syndromes* / pathology
  • Dry Eye Syndromes* / physiopathology
  • Eye Diseases / complications
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / metabolism
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / pathology
  • Meibomian Glands / metabolism
  • Meibomian Glands / pathology
  • Tears / metabolism