Dry Eye Syndrome Associated with Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress

A study conducted using the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs database found a strong relationship of dry eyes with a psychiatric diagnosis. Galor, et al. found that 19% of male patients and 22% of female had a diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome. The authors identified several conditions that increased the risk of dry eyes, these included post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. They also noted some of the medications used to treat these disorders may also have increased the risk of dry eyes. Dr. Ashraf of the Atlanta Vision Institute points out that patients with known psychiatric diagnosis should be questioned or evaluated about dry eye symptoms.

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