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Prevalence of Dry Eye Disease in Women

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Diffuse lissamine green staining in a person with severe dry eye. 
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A paper published in the Journal of Women's Health addresses the prevalence of DED in women and highlights a significant opportunity for action if earlier diagnosis and treatment of this common but burdensome condition is obtained that could significantly improve a woman's quality of life. As the Mayo Clinic observes, "Ocular rosacea may affect the surface of your eye (cornea), particularly when you have dry eyes from a deficiency of tears."

The comprehensive paper concludes, "Women are diagnosed with DED at earlier ages, and progression to severe forms of the disease is more prevalent in women than men. Thus, earlier diagnosis of DED in women may result in a significant improvement in their quality of life."

If you have rosacea and DED it would be prudent to see your dermatologist as soon as possible. 

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 Apr 1; 28(4): 502–514.
Dry Eye Disease: Consideration for Women's Health
Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS, Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS, Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS, Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Sarah MacIver, OD, and Preeya K. Gupta, MD

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