More and more time is being spent on some form of visual display devises whether laptops, smartphones, iPads or office computers, we continue to see more and more reports of patients having dry eye symptoms that are more than “a little annoying”. In the AJO Feb 2014, Uchino, et al present interesting results in “Dry Eye Disease and Work Productivity Loss in Visual Display Users: The Osaka Study” where 672 young and middle-aged office workers using VDT’s, completed a questionnaire measuring at-work performance deficits and productivity losses. Of these, 553 workers underwent a clinical evaluation after completing the questionnaire and these were divided into there categories: definite dry eye, probable dry eye and non-dry eye.
Brace yourself! Annual dry eye disease (DED) productivity losses were estimated to be more than $6,000 per employee. This finding along with what we know about the potential negative physiologic impact from DED should cause us to be even more diligent in diagnosing and managing these patients.
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Miki Uchino, Yuichi Uchino, Murat Dogru, Motoko Kawashima, Norihiko Yokoi, Aoi Komuro, Yukiko Sonomura, Hiroaki Kato, Shigeru Kinoshita, Debra A. Schaumberg, Kazuo Tsubota