When dry eye is progressive
People may not know when dry eye can be progressive1
You probably have some patients in your practice who experience more symptoms than others. And while dry eye is often chronic, it can also be progressive.1,2
In fact, one study recently found that people who have more symptoms early on are more likely to experience symptom progression down the line.1
of people who were more symptomatic experienced progression
of people who were less symptomatic1
It’s not all bad news, though. Not everyone with Dry Eye Disease will experience progression.1,2 But if a recently diagnosed patient is experiencing more severe symptoms, let them know that it’s important to keep you in the loop. Because more severe symptoms could help predict if the condition will get worse over time.1,2
- Lienert JP, Tarko L, Uchino M, Christen WG, Schaumberg DA. Long-term natural history of dry eye disease from the patient’s perspective. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(2):425-433.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dry eye syndrome preferred practice pattern—2013. http://www.aao.org/preferred-practice-pattern/dry-eye-syndrome-ppp--2013. Accessed August 12, 2015.