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DR. REJI KOSHY THOMAS: M.B.B.S. (’86) & M.S. (’92), St. John’s Medical College;
F.I.A.C.L.E. (International) (’96). Recipient of Best Paper–Karnataka Ophthal. Society
Conference, 1991, Runner-up, Col. Rangachiari Award, AIOC Cochin. Presently, Professor, St.
John’s Medical College Hospital.
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Incidence of Dry Eye in Patients Presenting with Symptoms sug-
gestive of Dry Eye in An Urban Population
Dr. Reji Koshy Thomas, Dr. Yogesh D, Dr. Suneetha N, Dr. Manjoo C. S., Dr. Myna T.
(Presenting Author: Dr. Yogesh D)
he international dry eye workshop (2007) Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Additional, factors
defined dry eye as a multifactorial disease of such as contact lens wear, dry or windy
the tears and ocular surface that results in environment or visual tasking can exacerbate this
symptoms of discomfort1,2 and visual
disease. With the number of patients presenting
disturbance,3-4 with potential damage to the
ocular surface . It can be caused by reduced tear with dry eye on the rise, a better understanding
production, poor tear quality, or excessive tear of the presentation of dry eye will facilitate rapid
evaporation and is associated with symptoms and early diagnosis, with more efficient
such as irritation, foreign body sensation or treatment and consequently long term patient
redness . satisfaction. The objective of this study was to
Dry eye can also be associated with systemic determine the incidence of dry eye in patients
diseases such as Sjogrens syndrome, Lupus and presenting with symptoms suggestive of dry eye.
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Materials and Methods Results
This study was conducted on patients who 150 consecutive patients presenting with
reported to the Department of Ophthalmology, symptoms of dry eye were included in the study.
St. John’s Medical college Hospital during the All the patients were subjected to the 8 diagnostic
period August 2005 to July 2007. tests. Using the diagnostic index evolved for the
This was a prospective observational study in study, patients who tested positive for 2-5 of the
which patients fulfilling the selection criteria tests were considered to have mild to moderate
were included in the study after taking consent . dry eye, while patients who tested positive for 6
or more of the tests were considered to have
Inclusion criteria severe dry eye. Patients who tested positive for
Patients who reported with symptoms of none or 1 of the tests were considered to have no
grittiness, itchiness, burning, redness, excessive dry eye.
tearing, sensitivity to light, dryness, ocular
Using the above criteria, the incidence of dry eye
fatigue, visual disturbances, eye strain, watery
in patients who presented with symptoms of dry
feel in the eyes, excessive mucous secretions,
eye was 50.66% i.e.76 of the 150 patients. Of these,
heaviness of the lids, tight eyelids, poor tearing ,
43(56.57%) had mild to moderate forms of dry
matting or crusting of lids , intolerance to fan and
eye while 33(43.42%) had severe dry eye. The
air conditioning were included in this study
most common symptom was burning (60.7%)
Exclusion criteria followed by gritty sensation (52%) foreign body
1. Patients suffering from acute ocular sensation (50%) and watering (48.7%).
infections, extensive corneal or conjunctival Photophobia (p<0.001), inability to produce tears
pathology, (p=0.006) and gritty sensation (p=0.02) showed
2. Chronic dacrocystitis statistically significant correlation with the
diagnostic index for dry eye.
3. Patients who had undergone ocular surgery
in the last six months Discussion
4. Patients who were on topical lubricants for Past studies of Hikichi T et al6 Farrell J et al7 and
the last six months Albietz et al 8 suggested that dry eye prevalence
A detailed history regarding symptoms, ranges from 10.8% to 57.1%. In our study the
occupation, drug intake and local and systemic incidence of dry eye was 50.66% among patients
associations was taken. The ocular surface presenting to us with symptoms of dry eye. This
disease index (OSDI) questionnaire was applied seems to fall in the middle of this range. The
to all patients. The OSDI score was then most common symptom was burning (60.7%)
calculated. followed by gritty sensation (52%) foreign body
sensation (50%) and watering (48.7%).
The following diagnostic tests were carried out
on all patients; The population in our study had ages ranging
between 24 to 88 years, with a preponderance of
1. blink rate,
patients in the fifth decade. The mean age was
2. tear meniscus height, 49.25 (+/- 13.78) years. The mean age in Khurana
3. tear film break up time, et al9 study was 49.19 years. In the 76 cases
4. rose Bengal staining, diagnosed to have dry eye in our study, there
5. flourescein staining of the cornea, was a slight female preponderance, 41 (53.95%)
and 35 (46.05%) were males. These findings are
6. meibomian gland dysfunction,
consistent the studies done by Moses et al10 and
7. Schirmer’s test. Mc Carty et al.11
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