Dry Eye Syndrome Limits Important Daily Activities

Patients are more likely to report problems with reading, computer use and driving

THURSDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Dry eye syndrome adversely affects vision-related quality of life, and patients are more likely to experience problems reading, driving and at work than those without the condition, researchers report in the March issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Biljana Miljanovic, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues surveyed 450 participants in the Women's Health Study and 240 participants in the Physicians' Health Study, one-third of whom had clinically diagnosed dry eye syndrome.

After controlling for factors such as age, diabetes and hypertension, the researchers found that subjects with dry eye syndrome were significantly more likely than controls to report difficulties with reading (odds ratio, 3.64), professional work (OR, 3.49), computer use (OR, 3.37), television viewing (OR, 2.84), daytime driving (OR, 2.80) and nighttime driving (OR, 2.20).

"These data add further weight to the consideration of dry eye syndrome as a significant public health problem that deserves further study," the authors conclude.

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