Patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS) have considerably different experiences when being diagnosed with dry eye disease than patients without SS, including a longer time to diagnosis and lower quality of life (QoL), according to a study.
In this observational/descriptive, non-interventional, retrospective study, 827 individuals with, self-reported dry eye disease (DED) were using topical DED treatments (≥ 6 months), and did not wear contact lenses completed an online survey.
Of the 827 respondents, 50.3% had SS. Participants with SS had a mean time to diagnosis of 32 months compared to 8.6 months in participants without SS, which was associated with reduced QoL scores.
More than 30% of participants with SS consulted ≥ 4 healthcare professionals before being diagnosed with SS compared with 6% of participants without SS. Those with SS experienced a greater impact on QoL and more often viewed their condition as a handicap rather than a discomfort.
Figueiredo FC, Baudouin C, Rolando M, et al. The enduring experience in dry eye diagnosis: A non-interventional study comparing the experiences of patients living With and without Sjögren's syndrome. Ophthalmol Ther. 2021;doi: 10.1007/s40123-021-00341-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33792865.