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My Eye Care provides expert guidance and resources to help you protect your eye health and manage frustrating dry eye symptoms.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and tends to affect women more. It is a condition that can cause eyes to turn red and feel itchy, stingy and like they have something in them. Women of menopausal or post-menopausal age are more likely to experience dry eye, as are people who spend a lot of time looking at devices with screens and those who wear contact lenses.

A recent 2,000+ person survey, commissioned by Santen in 2020, has revealed:

Despite women of menopausal or post-menopausal age, regular screen users and contact lens wearers being among the most likely groups to have dry eye, more than half (53%) of those surveyed didn’t realise they were at risk.

Nearly a third (32%) of those with dry eye agreed that they didn't know where to find information about the condition.

Almost half (42%) of those who were taking treatment for their dry eye said it took between 1 and 3 years to find an effective treatment.

More than a third (38%) of dry eye sufferers surveyed said they didn’t use dry eye treatments, and of those that did, nearly 1 in 5 (19%) admitted they were unhappy with their current treatment.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted dry eye?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, screen use, which can cause dry eye, has increased. Recent research shows that more than a quarter (26%) of people surveyed use screens for a long period of time, causing their eyes to become dry.

Mr Sai Kolli, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

"Dry eye can cause a variety of symptoms, including eye discomfort and visual disturbance. Severe dry eye that is not treated adequately can lead to more serious eye complications, such as infection, scarring and nerve damage, which can result in long-term vision loss and discomfort. Effective treatment for this very common disease is important."
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  13. Cationorm® Instructions For Use
Document number: PP-CATION-UK-0065. Date of preparation: November 2020

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