AUG 03, 2009
Men who participated in the Physicians' Health Study I and II were asked whether they had ever been diagnosed with dry eye disease or had symptoms such as dry or irritated eyes. About 1.68 million men 50 and older are affected, with prevalence increasing from 3.9 percent among 50 to 54 year olds to 7.7 percent among men aged 80 or older. Prevalence also increases with high blood pressure, benign prostrate disease, and use of antidepressants. The authors predict 2.79 million men will be affected by dry eye in 2030.