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Dry Eye Symptoms in Individuals with Migraine


Individuals with migraine demonstrated a different dry eye (DE) symptom, yet a similar DE sign profile when compared with those without migraine, a new study found. The prospective cross-sectional study of individuals with DE symptoms evaluated symptoms and signs of DE, including symptoms suggestive of nerve dysfunction. Among the details:

  • Of 250 individuals, 31 met International Classification of Headache Disorders criteria for migraine based on a validated screen.
  • Those with migraine were significantly younger and more likely to be female vs controls.
  • Individuals with migraine had more severe DE symptoms and ocular pain vs controls.
  • DE symptoms in those with migraine may be driven by nerve dysfunction as opposed to ocular surface abnormalities.

Farhangi M, et al. Individuals with migraine have a different dry eye symptom profile than individuals without migraine. [Published online ahead of print April 30, 2019]. Br J Opthalmol. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-313471.

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