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Dry Eyes Equal Slow Reading Speed

A recent study published in Optometry and Vision Science (2018, 29-1105-1113) reveals that dry eyes can reduce a patient’s reading speed of up to 30 words per minute. The study’s author noted that although these patients had 20/20 vision, they complained of eye redness, a foreign body sensation in one or both eyes, and fatigue when reading for prolonged periods.

These patients were identified using the Ocular Surface Disease Index and physical examination findings, and their reading scores were compared to normal patients. Dr. Ashraf of the Atlanta Vision Institute notes that if patients experience any of these symptoms they should be properly evaluated for dry eyes since there are some highly effective treatment options on the market today.

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