Dry eye disease and allergic conditions: A Korean nationwide population-based study

Minkyeong Kim, Jong Hyun Oh, Choul Yong Park, Sang Wha Lee

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Background: Dry eye disease (DED) is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface. No epidemiologic reports have yet been published about the relationship between DED and allergic rhinitis or sensitization to allergens. Objective: To investigate the association between DED and allergic conditions in the general adult Korean population. Methods: This population-based cross-sectional study included 17,542 individuals (ages ≥ 19 years) who participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) from 2010 to 2012. Data for total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) and allergen-specific IgE levels were available for 1857 subjects. Data were analyzed by using logistic regression to determine the association of DED with allergy or allergic conditions, including allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma, increased total serum IgE, and sensitization to house-dust mite (Dermatophagoides farinae), dog, and cockroach allergens. Results: The prevalence of DED, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, and asthma was 10.4, 13.1, 2.2, and 3.3%, respectively. The prevalence of the increased total serum IgE level and sensitization to D. farinae, dog, and cockroach allergens was 34.6, 15.7, 1.0, and 2.8%, respectively. After adjusting for general characteristics, DED was significantly associated with allergic rhinitis (odds ratio 1.58 [95% confidence interval, 1.38 '1.81]) and D. farinae sensitization (odds ratio 1.80 [95% confidence interval, 1.17'2.79]). Conclusion: This study demonstrated a close association between DED and both allergic rhinitis and D. farinae sensitization in Korean adults. Further studies are warranted to establish temporal relationships between DED and allergic rhinitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-401
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

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