Study Shows Dry Eye Increasingly Common Among Older Men

June 9, 2009

According to a report in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, dry eye disease is common among American men older than 50, and increases with age, high blood pressure, benign prostate disease and the use of antidepressants. A study conducted by Debra A. Schaumberg, Sc.D., O.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and fellow researchers estimates that that approximately 1.68 million men in the United States 50 years and older are affected with dry eye disease (a lower prevalence than was found in a similar study using the same methods in U.S. women, among whom the prevalence was estimated at 3.23 million women). Predicted growth is to 2.79 million U.S. men affected by dry eye disease in 2030.

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