Community Advocates

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with chronic dry eye every day, ChronicDryEye.net brings you frequent articles, points of view and advice from leading patient advocates and experts.

Current advocates

Diana Boyd

Diana Boyd is a former corporate accountant and financial analyst. She was diagnosed with chronic dry eye in 2016 and seronegative rheumatoid arthritis in 2018, though symptoms of both had begun many years earlier. Read more.

Julie Briggs

Julie Briggs is a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and wellness advocate living in Westchester, NY. Specializing in applied neurology, Julie has been featured on The Dr Oz Show, speaks at workshops and conferences, teaches continuing education courses, and contributes guest blog posts. Read more.

Jonathan Caufield

Jonathan lives in the Yorkshire countryside, near the small town of Halifax, UK. He has been working in financial services for the past 8 years and was diagnosed with chronic dry eye in 2016. Read more.

Dr. Jacobi Cleaver

Dr. Jacobi Cleaver received his Bachelor of Science in Biology along with a minor in Psychology from the University of Houston followed by a Bachelor of Science in VIsion Science and a Doctor of Optometry from Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Read more.

English Elliott

English has struggled with Chronic Dry Eye for more than 10 years after a medication caused most of the oil glands in her eyes to shut down. After years of inflammation and difficulty seeing, English now uses Scleral Lenses for her severe dry eye and has loved the change they have made in her everyday life. Read more.

Amanda Gaskell

I was diagnosed with chronic dry eye in the winter of 2020. While it seemed it happened overnight, it didn’t. I had no idea this kind of condition existed but it sure does. Learning to advocate for myself has been the biggest blessing on my journey. Read more.

Dr. Essence Johnson

Dr. Essence Johnson is an “HBCU made,” residency trained, community and correctional health optometrist in Dallas, Texas. She received degrees from Prairie View A&M University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, in addition to completing her residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. Read more.

Erica Osborne

Erica Osborne is a Jesus-following wife and mother of two, living in northeast Louisiana. Formerly an advertising copywriter and graphic artist, she now teaches middle and high school English at the close-knit Christian school that her children attend. Read more.

Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore is a semi-retired Registered Nurse. Sharon worked for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as Director over the Diabetes Wellness Center. This program is grant-funded and led to her becoming a grant writer for the Choctaw Nation until her retirement. Read more.

Anna Samson

Anna Samson is a 22-year-old from Canada, living just outside of Toronto. They are currently studying at McMaster University where they are majoring in English. Read more.

Wendy Toogood

Wendy is a retired teacher who earned her Bachelor of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney and her Diploma in Business through TAFENSW. Her recent working life was spent as a TAFE (technical and further education) Head Teacher of Business. Read more.

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