History and Purpose

Dry eye is one of the most common of all eye conditions. Millions of people are estimated to have dry eye. In people with dry eye, the eye produces fewer or low quality tears and is unable to keep its surface lubricated and comfortable. Although more often reported by the elderly, dry eye can occur at any age. Many things can cause the condition, including the environment, medications, reduced blinking, and some immunosuppressive diseases. Whereas there are various approaches to relieve the symptoms, i.e., lubricating or tear production drops or insertion of plugs, funding is needed for more research into the etiology and treatment of dry eye.

At Academy 2010 San Francisco, the Foundation received a generous $25,000 donation from Drs. Donald Korb and Joan Exford to establish a research and leadership fund in the area of dry eye. The AAOF Celebration Luncheon in San Francisco, provided a perfect backdrop for Dr. Korb to announce this lead gift to the 250 attendees.
 

Purpose

The Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant is designed to support an individual to further their knowledge in the broad area of dry eye. The individual must possess an OD or relevant graduate degree and must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry, as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of applying for the award. The successful individual must have a demonstrable interest in either a clinical or basic science area of dry eye and may be a clinician, educator, researcher, or student.

The plan for the use of the $25,000 stipend must be submitted within the application. The maximum time to initiate the use of the stipend is one year from the announcement of the Award.

Note: This grant is not designed to merely extend a period of study or employment. Funds from this award may not be used to purchase major equipment for an institution for dry eye research.

Eligibility and Application

The submission window opens May 1, 2018 and closes July 1, 2018.

Applications must begin with a cover letter consisting of full contact information including how the applicant's degree should appear in reports and/or news items.

The application has three key components:

  1. The applicant must submit a two-page description of how the “Dry Eye Grant” will be used, the exceptional opportunity that it will provide, and the impact it will have on the applicant's career. The maximum time to initiate the use of the stipend is one year from the announcement of the grant.

  2. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages should accompany the application.

  3. The individual must possess an OD or relevant graduate degree and must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry, as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of applying for the award. 

Applications should be emailed to AAOF@aaoptom.org and include the words "LAST NAME, DRY EYE” in the subject line of the email. (Ex. Rubin, Dry Eye) Attachments should be saved as pdfs with the title “LAST NAME, DRY EYE 2018

If you have any questions regarding the award please contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Programs Manager at 321-319-4870 or jenniferr@aaoptom.org

 

Recipients

2017 Srihari Nayaranan, OD, PhD, FAAO
Rosenberg School of Optometry
Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)

Korbs
Drs. Donald Korb and Joan Exford

Srihari Narayanan Headshot
2017 Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant recipient Srihari Nayaranan, OD, PhD, FAAO