New Contact Lens Update Focuses on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Latest Issue Introduces Case Record Feature that Translates Research Into Clinical Practice

WATERLOO, Ontario, February 18th, 2021—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has published issue number 58 of its free online education magazine, Contact Lens Update. This edition launches a new case record feature that shares research-relevant yet patient-centred insights as experienced by practicing eye care professionals.

University of Waterloo alumna and president-elect of the Alberta Association of Optometrists in Canada, Andrea Lasby makes two contributions to the issue. Acknowledging the conflicting evidence regarding meibomian gland changes with contact lens use, her feature article reviews a recent publication by Tianpu Gu and colleagues that investigates the potential for meibomian gland changes to distinguish dry eye from normal eyes in young adult wearers.

Andrea is also responsible for Contact Lens Update’s inaugural clinical case record, which she has poignantly dedicated to the late Dr. Luigina Sorbara, her former professor and mentor at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo.  In a fascinating and clinically applicable illustration, she describes the diagnosis and successful management of her contact lens patient with extremely poor lens comfort and severe evaporative dry eye—gaining a successful outcome without needing to change the type of contact lens worn. Her text book example includes many tips for practitioners, ranging from comprehensive patient education through to proactive use of meibography for early detection and ongoing monitoring of gland changes. 

Andrea Lasby

Understanding the impact of make up on ocular comfort, the tear film and meibomian glands is relevant for many patients. Mariam Alkawally’s poster at the 2020 American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting (Academy at Home) builds on her preliminary findings presented a year earlier. Linking to her abstract in this issue’s conference highlight helps practitioners appreciate the changes that occur to the ocular surface and meibomian glands when eyeliner is applied to the lid margin.

Mariam Alkawally

Andrew Pucker, assistant professor and chief of the Myopia Control Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has both researched and published extensively on the subject of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). His topical editorial addresses several commonly asked questions about MGD, weighing the evidence and clinical implications for each.

Andrew Pucker

“With each successive issue, Contact Lens Update delves deeper into the issues and evolving areas of practice being explored and embraced by the eye health community. It’s a privilege to expose new voices, new ideas and best practices to our readers worldwide, adapting our magazine alongside fascinating ocular science advancements,” said Karen Walsh, professional education team leader and clinical scientist at CORE and the editor of Contact Lens Update.

Published six times per year, Contact Lens Update provides a global platform for unbiased clinical insights based in current research. Since 2011, each issue has provided dependable and up-to-date ocular health information for more than 60,000 leading eye care professionals.

In addition to a complete archive of back issues, offers a resource library that provides no-cost professional tools, patient resources, images and video. It also houses complimentary technical training videos produced by International Association of Contact Lens Educators, plus an industry glossary. Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from or quickly sign up for email receipt of future issues.

The publication receives support from the educational arms of Alcon, CooperVision, and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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About the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE)
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science. Over the next three decades, the organization evolved from a three-person operation into a thriving hub of basic and applied research, collaborating with sponsors, agencies and academia on advanced biosciences, clinical research and education. Its uncompromising independence and results of the highest quality have been at the heart of many of the most prominent advances in eye health. Today, its approximately 50-person team serves a range of ophthalmic sectors, including medical devices, ocular pharmaceuticals, digital technology and others, with a focus on the anterior segment. For more information, please visit

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