TFOS is a world leader in eye health education.
Over the last several decades, a significant international research effort has been directed towards understanding the composition and regulation of the pre-ocular tear film, a movement largely motivated by the recognition that the tear film plays a critical role in maintaining corneal and conjunctival integrity, protecting against microbial challenge and preserving visual acuity. Additionally, this research has been stimulated by the knowledge that alteration or deficiency of the tear film, which occurs in countless individuals throughout the world, may lead to ocular surface desiccation, corneal ulceration and perforation, increased incidence of infectious disease and potentially pronounced visual disability and blindness.
TFOS was founded and incorporated as a non-profit organization to facilitate forward momentum in ophthalmological research. The Society’s Global Ambassador and membership programs foster collaboration among scientists, clinicians and industry professionals to help the world see better.
- Advance research, promote literacy and educational aspects of the tear film and ocular surface
- Organize and coordinate international conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars and events to promote better understanding of the tear film and ocular surface
- Stimulate interactions among members, and attract new members with diverse disciplinary interests and expertise (e.g. basic scientists, academic clinicians and industry representatives) into the field of the tear film and ocular surface
Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society, P.O. Box 130146 - Boston, MA 02113 USA
TFOS Executive Director: Amy Gallant Sullivan