“It just affects everything.”
Dry eye disease affects an estimated millions of people, with those who wear contact lenses, are over the age of 50, or those who look at computer screens for long periods of time without a break, putting them at greater risk.
For Margaret, there are several triggers, stress being one of the most important. Studies have even found a link between psychological stress and dry eye symptoms.
A cross-sectional study included 209 students from a medical school in Korea. Researchers assessed dry eye symptoms using a nine-point questionnaire called the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS).
The subjects also took part in a study that included demographics, possible risk factors for dry eye, personal habits, and psychological stress.