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Corneal and conjunctival sensitivity in rosacea patients.

Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2016 Jan-Mar;30(1):29-32

Authors: Örnek N, Karabulut AA, Örnek K, Onaran Z, Usta G

Abstract
PURPOSE: To assess corneal and conjunctival sensitivity in rosacea patients.
METHODS: A total of 55 patients with rosacea and 37 control subjects participated in the study. Corneal and conjunctival sensitivity was determined by Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer. Subjective symptoms of ocular dryness were evaluated using Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI). Schirmer's I test (ST), tear breakup time (tBUT) and ocular surface staining with fluorescein were carried out to measure objective signs.
RESULTS: The mean corneal and conjunctival sensitivity did not differ significantly between rosacea patients and controls (all p > 0.05). Schirmer's I test and tBUT were significantly reduced (p = 0.004 for OD and p < 0.001 for OS) and grade of ocular surface staining was significantly high (p = 0.018 for OD and p = 0.038 for OS) in rosacea patients. Corneal and conjunctival sensitivity did not show significant correlation with ST, tBUT, ocular surface staining (Oxford Schema), duration of rosacea and OSDI score.
CONCLUSIONS: Corneal and conjunctival sensitivity did not change significantly in rosacea.

PMID: 26949355 [PubMed]

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