In 1976, a young medical student at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons meets his first dry eye patient. He was astonished by the lack of dry eye treatments available, and decided then and there to find a solution. He was the youngest scientist in history to receive project grant funding from the National Eye Institute for his work. And what started as a summer research project turned into one of the most productive dry eye research programs in the world.
That student was Dr. Jeffrey P. Gilbard, inventor and founder of TheraTears. Dr. Gilbard’s research program had one goal: to develop a profound understanding of dry eye and a treatment that could offer true relief.