Associate Professor Jennifer P Craig

PhD, MSc (Cataract & Refractive Surgery), BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA


Associate Professor Jennifer P. Craig is a therapeutically qualified academic optometrist in the Department of Ophthalmology.  Her main research interests include dry eye and tear film dysfunction, since completing her PhD in this area, in 1995, at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, as well as cornea, contact lenses and refractive surgery. She currently heads the Ocular Surface Laboratory at the University of Auckland and regularly delivers continuing education and research lectures internationally, as well as publishing in both the scientific and clinical press.  She is co-author of the book ‘The Tear Film’, has authored and co-authored a number of book chapters, and contributed to the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. More recently, she served as an invited member on the Steering Committee for the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort and as Chair of the Workshop Subcommittee on “Contact Lens Interactions with the Tear Film”, the results of which have been published in the scientific journal, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. In 2015, Jennifer has been appointed Vice-Chair of the global initiative DEWS II (Dry Eye Workshop II), which will update the original DEWS report of 2007.  Initial results of this collaborative Workshop are due to be presented at the triennial TFOS Conference in 2016 in Montpellier, France.

Research | Current

Tear film dysfunction

Ocular surface disease

Meibomian gland dysfunction

Evaluation and development of dry eye therapies

Postgraduate supervision

Stuti Misra, PhD, completed 2013

Sanjay Marasini, PhD, commenced 2014

Varny Ganesalingam, MHSc, commenced 2014

Ally Xue, PhD, commenced 2015

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Board member and Professional Standards Committee Convenor, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board, NZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wolffsohn, J. S., Arita, R., Chalmers, R., Djalilian, A., Dogru, M., Dumbleton, K., ... Pult, H. (2017). TFOS DEWS II Diagnostic Methodology report. The Ocular Surface, 15 (3), 539-574. 10.1016/j.jtos.2017.05.001
  • Jones, L., Downie, L. E., Korb, D., Benitez-Del-Castillo, J. M., Dana, R., Deng, S. X., ... Liu, Y. (2017). TFOS DEWS II Management and Therapy report. The Ocular Surface, 15 (3), 575-628. 10.1016/j.jtos.2017.05.006
  • Craig, J. P., Nichols, K. K., Akpek, E. K., Caffery, B., Dua, H. S., Joo, C.-K., ... Tsubota, K. (2017). TFOS DEWS II definition and classification report. The Ocular Surface, 15 (3), 276-283. 10.1016/j.jtos.2017.05.008
  • Craig, J. P., Chen, Y.-H., & Turnbull, P. R. K. (2015). Prospective trial of intense pulsed light for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 56 (3), 1965-1970. 10.1167/iovs.14-15764
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Phil Turnbull
  • Craig, J. P., Willcox, M. D. P., Argüeso P, Maissa, C., Stahl, U., Tomlinson, A., ... members of TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (2013). The TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort: report of the contact lens interactions with the tear film subcommittee. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 54 (11), TFOS123-TFOS156. 10.1167/iovs.13-13235
  • Nichols, J. J., Willcox, M. D. P., Bron, A. J., Belmonte, C., Ciolino, J. B., Craig, J. P., ... Nelson, J. D. (2013). The TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort: Executive summary. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 54 (11), TFOS7-TFOS13. 10.1167/iovs.13-13212
  • Craig, J. P. (2013). More than scratching the surface: a shift of focus in blepharitis management. Clin Exp Ophthalmol, 41 (6), 522-523. 10.1111/ceo.12135
  • Misra, S., Ahn, H. N., Craig, J. P., Pradhan, M., Patel, D. V., & McGhee, C. N. J. (2013). Effect of panretinal photocoagulation on corneal sensation and the corneal subbasal nerve plexus in diabetes mellitus. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 54 (7), 4485-4490. 10.1167/iovs.12-10571
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Dipika Patel, Stuti Misra, Charles McGhee

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 504 - Bldg 504
Level 4, Room 413
New Zealand