Between 20 million to 59 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Disease (DED) according to various estimates. Over the past 18 months, research groups from five different countries have published new data on risk factors for DED. What these groups have discovered is that there are multiple risk factors involved in DED. The “risk factors lists” developed by the groups were not identical; however, there were a few risk factors that did appear across all of the reports. The common risk factors reported by all seven studies were:
- Contact Lens Use – contact lens wearers were 2-3 times more likely to suffer from DED.
- Gender – females were 2 times more likely to suffer from DED.
- Age – those over the age of 60 years were shown to be 3.5 times more likely to suffer from DED.
- Mental Health Disorders – those suffering from depression, PTSD or extreme stress were 2 times more likely to suffer also from DED.
Identifying risk factors help in tailoring solutions to DED.
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