09.06.18

NIH Releases Clinician Resource for Simplified Diagnosis of Dry Eye Disease

Source: National Institutes of Health

Janine Austin Clayton, MD, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and a board-certified ophthalmologist, has developed a resource to assist clinicians in diagnosing and treating dry eye disease.

An often painful and debilitating condition, dry eye disease affects nearly 5 million Americans, and affects twice as many women as men. Dr. Clayton describes the resource in a recent review article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition to the public health impact, the prevalence of dry eye disease takes a substantial economic toll, with an estimated $3.8 billion in U.S. health care costs annually and an estimated $55 billion in societal costs (i.e., reduced productivity and indirect costs).

ARTICLE: J.A. Clayton. Dry Eye. New England Journal of Medicine DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1407936 (2018).

 

CONTACT: To schedule an interview, please contact Lamont Williams, Communications Director, ORWH, NIH, at 301-402-1770, or orwhinfo@nih.gov.

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