Dryness symptoms among an unselected clinical population with and without contact lens wear

Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2006 Mar;29(1):25-30. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2005.12.004. Epub 2006 Jan 31.


Dry Eye Questionnaire (DEQ) and Contact Lens Dry Eye Questionnaire (CLDEQ) from unselected eye care patients (including current, former and non-contact lens wearers) were analyzed to contrast dryness symptoms among patients with and without contact lenses. Contact lens wearers reported a higher incidence of intense symptoms, especially late in the day (12.7% AM versus 41.1% PM, p < 0.0001), that diminished when they removed lenses (p = 0.0001). Dryness intensity was not correlated with gender and was inversely correlated with age among contact lens wearers, differing significantly from the pattern among non-lens wearers. Contact lens related dryness differs from dry eye among non-lens wearers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contact Lenses / adverse effects*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dry Eye Syndromes / epidemiology*
  • Dry Eye Syndromes / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology