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Eyecare Radio Show: “Dry Eyes, What can I do about them?”

Survey finds almost 70% with dry eye don’t see ECP

The results of an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on Consumer Attitudes Related to Dry Eye. Although, practitioners have known for years that the prevalence of dry eye symptoms is highest in females and increases with age, the study indicates that males are also susceptible. Moreover, some individuals, male and female, have been experiencing symptoms for more than 10 years. Sadly, this means that practitioners have been status-quo in their treatment regimen for a chronic medical condition that causes almost 42 percent of female patients to state that it blurs their vision and 43 percent to state that it made reading more challenging.

  • Nearly half of all U.S. adults (48 percent) experience one or more dry eye symptom regularly
  • Half of all women (52 percent) experience one or more dry eye symptom regularly; 43 percent of men experience one or more dry eye symptom regularly
  • Nearly one in five U.S. adults (19 percent) report using OTC eyedrops to treat symptoms at least five times per week
  • A majority of U.S. adults who use OTC eyedrops to manage their dry eye symptoms (63 percent) said the OTC drops are only somewhat or not at all successful in managing their dry eye symptoms
  • Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults who experience one or more dry eye symptom have not visited an eye care professional to treat symptoms
  • Approximately two in five (41 percent) who visited an eye care professional to treat their dry eye symptoms said they visited more than once before finding relief (19 percent) or that they still have not found relief (22 percent)

Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses

It has been noted that contact lens wearers are more than ten times likely than emmetropes and five time more likely than patients wearing spectacles to complain of dry eye symptoms.(ref 3) Interestingly enough, not only are contact lens patients more likely to complain of dry eye, it is speculated contact lenses can even precipitate dry eye

It has been noted that contact lens wearers are more than ten times likely than emmetropes and five time more likely than patients wearing spectacles to complain of dry eye symptoms.(ref 3) Interestingly enough, not only are contact lens patients more likely to complain of dry eye, it is speculated contact lenses can even precipitate dry eye

Do Migraines Cause Dry Eyes?

August 2012 — A study that compared 33 migraine sufferers with 33 people without headache, eye disease or systemic disease found significantly more eye dryness among the people with migraine.
How migraines could be related to dry eyes is not clear from the study, but the researchers speculated that some migraines may worsen when dry eye syndrome is present.

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