Insights from the Chronic Dry Eye Community Revealed

Insights from the Chronic Dry Eye Community Revealed

Last updated: October 2022

We conducted our 2nd Chronic Dry Eye In America Survey to learn more about what it’s like to live with the disease. Nearly 250 people responded, reflecting on how long they’ve been diagnosed, how they make treatment decisions, and even what they would call a movie about dry eye. See what they shared, and compare it to your thoughts and experiences.

When community members were diagnosed

Getting a chronic dry eye diagnosis can be hard, and how long it takes can vary. Many respondents reported being diagnosed more than 10 years ago, while others received their diagnosis more recently.

40 percent of survey respondents reported being diagnosed with chronic dry eye 10 or more years ago

Making treatment decisions

Finding the right dry eye treatment often involves trial and error. And there are a lot of factors to consider, including cost.

effectiveness and potential side effects are among the most important factors when considering dry eye treatments

Creating a movie about chronic dry eye

Say you were creating a documentary about chronic dry eye. What would you call it? We asked community members, and many offered creative responses touching on everything from dryness to another surprising symptom of dry eye: watery eyes.

titles for a movie about chronic dry eye include True Grit and Desert Eyes

How do your experiences compare to what we found in the survey? Let us know in the comments below.

The 2nd Chronic Dry Eye In America Survey was conducted online from February 2022 through May 2022. The survey was completed by 246 people.

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