Low Vision patients not routinely tested for Dry eye disease
The prevalence of dry eye disease and low vision increases with age. The objective of this study was to elucidate to which extent dry eye disease risk factors, signs, and symptoms are assessed in low vision patients who receive an eye examination as part of their vision rehabilitation services.

Using a retrospective chart review, dry eye disease risk factors, signs, or symptoms were extracted from 201 randomly selected files that contained an eye examination in the past 5 years from two vision rehabilitation centers.

--Demographic variables of charts from the two sites did not differ (mean visual acuity, 0.85).

--50 charts mentioned at least one dry eye disease symptom. 61 charts reported systemic medications that can exacerbate dry eye disease, whereas 99 contained at least one systemic disease thought to contribute to dry eye disease symptoms; 145 mentioned at least one type of ocular surgery.

--Artificial tears were documented in 74 charts. Few specific dry eye tests were performed, with the exception of corneal integrity assessment reported in 18 charts.

Low vision people, in particular, are at risk for dry eye illness due to a number of causes. More efforts should be taken to examine dry eye illness in order to improve comfort and functional vision, especially as the use of digital devices as visual aids becomes more common.

Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33828043/
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