Smartphone App Spots Undiagnosed Symptomatic Dry Eye, Helps Identify Risk Factors

Source: Reuters

A smartphone app can identify people with undiagnosed symptomatic dry eye and identify factors linked with the condition, according to a new crowd-sourced study, Reuters reported.

“We identified risk factors possibly associated with undiagnosed symptomatic dry eye, including younger age, male sex, and absence of collagen disease, mental illnesses, ophthalmic surgery, and history of contact lens use,” Dr. Takenori Inomata of Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine in Tokyo and colleagues write in JAMA Ophthalmology, online November 27.

“This study may lead to further understanding of dry eye symptoms and identify at-risk individuals who should be clinically evaluated, potentially improving prevention or early treatment of dry eye disease,” they add.

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