In the News

Massage Mondays at Tauber Eye Center!

One of the most popular changes at Tauber Eye Center has been our Patient Appreciation "Massage Mondays" with Katie Garcia, a massage therapist and nutritionist based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Katie trained at the Wellspring School of Allied Health. Since graduating, she's started her own mobile practice and  has been doing so for over three years. Katie is certified in many forms of therapy and provides no-charge chair massages for our patients on Mondays (sometimes morning, sometimes afternoon).
Katie truly makes a visit to Tauber Eye Center a calm and relaxed experience - don't miss this great experience!

International Focus Group

For the past ten years, Dr. Tauber has been part of the IOS Focus Group, a special advisory group working with Allergan, Inc. on next-generation medications for the treatment of dry eye and inflammatory diseases. This international group reviews the most current research in this area of eye disease and plans future directions for drug development. The 2014 meeting was held in New York City.

Dining In The Dark

Dr. Tauber and his wife Judi Tauber were privileged to serve as Co-Chairs of the 2014 Dining in the Dark, the major fundraiser for Alphapointe. This clinic, the only one of its kind in the area, provides specialized evaluations and occupational training for people living with vision loss, empowering them to lead independent lives. Over 300 guests attended the gala event. Vision-impaired or blind servers led the guests into a completely darkened ballroom in the Westin Crown Center for a 45 minute gourmet dinner.  Dining in the Dark is more than simply closing your eyes and trying to eat a meal. It's a truly unique occasion made all the more so by the knowledge that the meal is being served by people who are blind or have a significant visual disability. Both Dr. Tauber and his wife, Judi spoke to the crowd, and helped this event raise more revenue than in any previous year. This year, Dining In The Dark will be held on February 26, 2015 and information is available at www.alphapointe.org

TFOS DEWS II Report

Doctors throughout the U.S. remain interested in diseases that affect the ocular surface. Eyelid inflammatory disease (meibomitis or blepharitis) is one of the most common but least understood causes of dry eye-like symptoms that brings patients to see their eye doctors. In 2011, the Meibomitis Workshop report was published, which was the result of two years collaboration with over 50 international eye specialists worldwide. Subcommittees were formed on the basis of experience, and Dr. Tauber was privileged to serve as co-Chairman of the Treatment and Management Subcommittee. The 150+ page report still stands as the definitive guidance summary of this disease, and will shape future research efforts worldwide.
Click here for link to report: http://www.tearfilm.org/mgdworkshop/
Dr. Tauber has now been invited to serve on the Treatment and Management Subcommittee for the Dry Eye Workshop DEWS II, which will update the 2007 DEWS Report that has set the standard for our understanding of dry eye. The target for completion of this global project is early 2017.

Most Read Papers of 2014 - Contact Lens Discomfort Report

Dr. Tauber served on the Management and Therapy Subcommittee of the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (CLD). The report was recently recognized as among the most read publications in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science of the past year.
The goals of this Workshop were to:
•    conduct an evidence-based evaluation of contact lens discomfort in health and disease
•    develop a better understanding of the definition, classification and causes of contact lens discomfort
•    examine the role of lens materials, design and care in contact lens discomfort
•    develop recommendations for the management and therapy of contact lens discomfort
•    develop recommendations for future innovative research in contact lens discomfort

More Taubers In The News 

Jessica Tauber will be returning to the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her undergraduate degree, to begin a Masters / Ph.D program in School Psychology. This graduate program will follow two years of research at the Harvard affiliated Boston Children's Hospital where Jessica contributed to studies focused on adolescent substance abuse in the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research.  Jessica plans to further her academic and clinical skills in preparation for a career in family, child or school psychology. During her undergraduate studies,  Jessica was named the recipient of the Jack S. Gray, Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship, the Carolyn Frost Keenan Endowed Scholarship and the College of Natural Sciences Scholarship. Jessica was awarded a graduate research assistant position and funding on admission to UT, which will allow her to work with Cystic Fibrosis patients and families at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, TX when she returns in the fall.
After completing her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Union College in New York and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee,  Allyson Tauber has returned to Kansas City. As a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Allyson will be transitioning from private practice to join Children's Hospital working closely with an interdisciplinary team to provide primary care services. In addition to enjoying her career,  Allyson is enjoying her career, but also her return to Kansas City, barbeque, the Royals and the Chiefs!.
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David Tauber will soon graduate from the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. David is excited to be joining Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the Strategic Services division in New York City, where he will work with major business clients on business growth and management strategies.

Tenth Annual Dry Eye Course

Since 2005, Dr. Tauber has taught a two hour course on Advanced Treatment of Diseases of the Ocular Surface (dry eye and related diseases) at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Ophthalmology. Since  2011, this course has been voted as one of the ten best of the entire meeting, which includes several hundred courses given by faculty from throughout the US as well as international physicians. The 2014 course brought over 150 attendees, and received nearly the highest ratings possible.
Dr. Tauber's work was recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology as the "Best Poster Award" of the 2014 meeting in Chicago. He presented results of ongoing investigational studies of lifitegrast, a molecule under study by Shire, LLC for the treatment of dry eyes.

In Research News

Tauber Eye Center is a regional leader in clinical and translational research, helping develop new treatments for unsolved medical problems. Dr. Tauber has over 25 years of experience and has been a principal investigator in over 80 studies. Research studies offer new options for diseases that are not adequately controlled. Tauber Eye Center is proud to be on the cutting edge of new and exciting treatments.
Our list of active studies is constantly changing, and we are always looking for volunteers to participate. We usually have ongoing studies for treatment of dry eyes and for related eyelid inflammation (blepharitis) and often for other painful corneal inflammations.
To learn more, call one of our Study Coordinator, Megan Hefter or Nicole King, at 816-531-9100 or send a message to jt@taubereye.com