Dry Eye Impacts to Productivity

red bloodshot eyeDry eyes are more than just uncomfortable; they impact our daily lives in many ways. Dry eyes decrease our enjoyment of and ability to participate in leisure pursuits, they can limit our ability to perform daily living activities, and they have a profound effect on our work productivity.

The negative effects of dry eye were strongly reflected in our 2011 BFS patient survey. Thirty-eight percent of BFS PROSE survey respondents who were employed reported more than 6 days of missed work due to eye health and 77% noted decreased work productivity. Twelve percent even had to stop working due to eye symptoms. After receiving PROSE treatment, an overwhelming 85% of patients reported an increase in productivity in the subsequent year.

A medical study conducted in 2011 to measure the degree to which dry eye disease impacts workplace productivity mirrored these same conclusions. Researchers performed a web-based survey of 9,034 dry eye patients. More than two-thirds of the group reported a reduction in workplace productivity. Those with moderate or severe disease indicated the greatest productivity reductions with 53% noting an adverse impact.

What is surprising about these results is that dry eye disease is not only costly for patients, but has an impact on the broader economy as well. Studies and surveys such as these bring greater attention to the issue of dry eye and the need for better diagnosis and treatment. As the impact of dry eye disease gains more attention in the medical community and the general public, we hope to see greater recognition of this condition and improved treatments and outcomes for dry eye sufferers.