An initial systematic review of the literature was performed in Pubmed and Science Direct databases, using the following key words: Allergic Conjunctivitis or Ocular Allergy [AND] Diagnosis workup, Investigations, Imaging, Questionnaire / QoL, Scoring/ Grading, Instruments / Specific tools, Clinical, Visual function/acuity, Ocular sampling/Tears, Tear Function, Biomarkers, Psychological impact.
The results of the working group was a large manuscript that includes several subchapters on patients history, description of signs and symptoms and their outbreak modalities, clinical ocular examination, scoring ocular allergy and quality of life, tests to diagnose ocular allergy, visual function, ocular surface evaluation, ocular sampling and biomarkers, imaging and emerging additional tests, diagnostic algorithm and concluding recommendations.
Diagnostic methods, techniques, definitions, specific recommendations and unmet needs were identified in each subchapter in order to clarify each topic. Several tables and illustrations are supporting the manuscript.
At this moment, we are in the process to finalize the last draft and to prepare its submission to ExCom, which is planned by the beginning of 2016.
Interest Group Olecular Allergy Chairperson
Last updated 25 January 2016