Insights on Evaporative Dry Eye & 
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Insights on Evaporative Dry Eye and 
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Donald R Korb, OD

Korb Why this site ?

My career has benefitted from the kindness and mentoring of some of the greatest minds in eyecare and science. A list of those who have influenced me would fill this site as would my gratitude for their patience and generosity. I firmly believe that knowledge becomes more powerful when it is shared and learning comes as much from teaching as it does from exploration and research.

My good fortune has included working with Drs. Joan Exford Korb; my dear wife, Victor Finnemore, my friend and valued colleague; John P. Herman, my brother-in-law and valued colleague, and more recently, Caroline Blackie, one of the brightest young minds I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Collaboration with these dear colleagues and over 300 others have resulted in a significant body of research and clinical experience culminating in the understanding that Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is the root cause of the majority of all dry eye and that treatment of meibomian gland obstruction is the key to treatment of dry eye. This research would not have been possible without the leadership of Tim Willis, the President and CEO of TearScience, who provided the millions of dollars and other resources to make this possible.

A key goal of this site is to catalog this accumulated work and insight in one place where it can be shared with other clinicians and scientists.  It is my hope that this information facilitates improved patient care and increased understanding of the disease states that I have devoted much of my life to studying.

Caroline A. Blackie, OD, PhD

I have been a practicing optometrist since 1994 when I graduated from the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. In 1997, after competing an MPhil in Clinical Statistics at RAU, I moved to the US. I received my PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University in 2001 and an OD from UC Berkeley in 2003. Since that time, in addition to part-time clinical practice, I have primarily worked with Dr. Donald Korb in the field of dry eye with specific focus on meibomian gland dysfunction. I joined TearScience as their sole clinical research scientist when it was founded in 2005 – I continue to serve in this exact role.

The information that we have compiled for this website is intended to assist clinicians and scientists in their common quest to better serve our patients who suffer from MGD and dry eye. Our ultimate goal is to work towards a philosophy of prevention.

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