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World Allergy Forum: Ocular Allergy

Introduction: Ocular Allergy

F. Estelle R. Simons, M.D., FRCPC, Symposium Co-Chair, World Allergy Forum Advisory Board Member, Bruce Chown Professor and Head, Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba

On behalf of the World Allergy Organization—IAACI, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to this World Allergy Forum, during which internationally renowned speakers will address the subject of ocular allergy.

The human eye is a complex organ with unique immunologic features. Ocular allergy ranges from intermittent seasonal allergic conjunctivitis to variants of atopic keratoconjunctivitis that persist year-round. The itching, tearing, redness, and other symptoms and signs produced by allergic conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis are among the most prominent and disabling of all symptoms and signs in patients who suffer from allergic disorders.

Our objectives are that, at the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe the clinical presentation of allergic eye disease
  • discuss the epidemiology and genetics of ocular allergy
  • list the cells and mediators involved in ocular allergy
  • state how to diagnose and manage ocular allergy

We look forward to four excellent lectures, and to lively interaction with you during the discussion period which will follow each presentation.

The World Allergy Organization—IAACI sincerely acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant provided by Aventis to facilitate this event.



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