Dry eye syndrome

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What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is may be related to impairment in tear production caused by damage or dysfunction to the lacrimal gland or from increased water loss from the eye surface.

Common symptoms reported by people with dry eye syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with dry eye syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Artificial Tears)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
dry eye syndrome (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Restasis)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
dry eye syndrome (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)

Data from patients with dry eye syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with dry eye syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Artificial Tears)
Perceived effectiveness
for dry eye syndrome (14 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in eyes
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
dry eye syndrome (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Restasis)
Perceived effectiveness
for dry eye syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
stinging pain burning sensation in eyes 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
dry eye syndrome (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy deadened emotions 8 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with dry eye syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has dry eye syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 30
30s 89
40s 136
50s 197
60s 181
70+ 54
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 33
20-29 years 41
30-39 years 65
40-49 years 95
50-59 years 64
60-69 years 15
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 117
Female 572

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 376
Not Diagnosed 65

These charts show data from dry eye syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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