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LipiFlow® Reviews high dry eye costs for sufferers – and economy

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LipiFlow® Reviews High Cost of Dry Eye

LipiFlow® reviews the devastating toll that dry eye takes on sufferers and their finances.

LipiFlow® reviews the impact that dry eye has on sufferers and the U.S economy.

What causes my dry eye?

38 percent of patients visiting an eye care professional are dealing with dry eye. If your eyes are bothering you, you may be experiencing Meibomian gland obstruction (Blepharitis), an underlying cause of Evaporative Dry Eye. Meibomian is an obstruction of the glands. Dry eye can also affect people who wear contact lenses, as the lenses reduce the amount of oxygen that can reach the eye’s surface.

Around 65% of cases of dry eye are caused by a lack of protective oil in the tear fluid. This clear oil, meibum, prevents the watery tear film from evaporating. The oil is produced through 30 to 40 tiny glands in the eyelids.

The effects of dry eye

With patients with evaporative dry eye, the meibum becomes thick, clogging the glands. Without the protective oil, the tear film evaporates, leaving the eye feeling dry, gritty, and sore.

If left untreated, the condition can lead to pain, ulcers, scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. Permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.

Symptoms of dry eye vary from patient to patient, though many people complain about the following: a stinging, burning, or scratching sensation in the eyes, stringy mucus found in or around the eyes, increased eye irritation from smoke or wind, eye fatigue, sensitivity to light, eye redness, feeling as though there is something in the eye, trouble with contact lenses, periods of excessive tearing, or blurred vision.

Does dry eye really strain the US economy?

In the United States, the economic burden of dry eye is very real. LipiFlow® reviews that the problem leads to $3.84 billion in direct annual healthcare costs. The direct costs include ocular lubricants, cyclosporine, punctual plugs, physician visits, and nutritional supplements. Factor in the loss of productivity due to side effects of dry eye, and experts note that the economic burden stemming from the condition tops $55.4 billion annually.

How does dry eye hurt workplace productivity?

The National Eye Institute reports a recent study that indicates dry eye increases lost productivity through both absenteeism and effects on active workers.

The absenteeism ranges from 8.4 to 14.2 days per week, and the latter ranging from 91 to 128 days per year. The medical care costs associated with dry eye are small relative to the costs of lost productivity. Those with mild, moderate, or severe dry eye symptoms experience $12,686, $12.589 and $18,168 of annual productivity loss, respectively.

Eye care and the economy

Macular degeneration currently affects 11 million people in the U.S. Glaucoma affects approximately 2.7 million Americans, with a cost to the US healthcare system of $2.86 billion annually in direct costs and productivity losses. The study results suggest that annual direct costs were $678 for patients with mild dry eye symptoms, $771 for patients with moderate dry eye symptoms, and $1,267 for patients with severe dry eye symptoms.

Global health effects felt

The costs to the US healthcare system for dry eye are not unusual on a global scale. In Asia, $1.5 billion is spent on dry eye treatments -- the Japanese healthcare system spends $323 per person per year on prescriptions, and an additional $165 per person per year in clinical costs.

Dry impacts life, work, and finances

These figures give startling insight into just how dramatically dry eye can impact a person and their professional life. Dry eye can occur as a person ages, and is also common among postmenopausal women. It is also prevalent among those who have had tear gland damage, or who have undergone laser surgery.

An individual who has trouble with their eyelids may also find that they are subject to dry eye. Blinking spreads a thin film of tears across the surface of the eye. When eyelid problems occur, blinking becomes a challenge. As a result, tears may not spread properly or may evaporate too quickly, thus leading to dry eye.

Your dry eye options

LipiFlow® reviews that it is essential for a person to pursue all available options when it comes to managing their dry eye. Should this condition be allowed to continue, it can seriously impact a person’s quality of life. Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform activities such as using a computer, reading for an extended period of time, and can decrease tolerance for dry environments.

Our understanding of dry eye disorders has improved dramatically in the past several years. This increased understanding has enhanced the ability to diagnose and treat patients who have these traditionally challenging conditions.

LipiFlow® reviews the importance of seeing a doctor to analyze the situation, and determine exactly what can be done to reduce the personal, professional, and financial consequences of dry eye.

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