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Dry Eye/OSD

Rheumatoid arthritis increases risk of DED, corneal surface damage

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Patients with Rheumatoid arthritis may be at an increased of developing dry eye disease (DED) and corneal surface damage, prompting researchers to urge ophthalmologists to closely monitor this patient population to prevent vision-threatening complications.

In this cohort study of data from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance research database, the incidence of DED was 23.14 per 1000 person-years in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and 10.25 per 1000 person-years in patients without rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis was significantly associated with DED after adjusting for covariates, across the subgroups of age, sex, use of systemic corticosteroids, and different comorbidity levels.

When compared to controls, patients with rheumatoid arthritis also had a higher risk of corneal surface damage.

Reference
Lai SC, Wang CW, Wu YM, et al. Rheumatoid Arthritis Associated with Dry Eye Disease and Corneal Surface Damage: A Nationwide Matched Cohort Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(2):1584. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20021584. PMID: 36674338.

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