Project 6: Environmental Risk Factor for DED

Project Description

While individual reports have been published of environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and air pollution causing dry eye symptoms, no large-scale systematic studies of their effects in humans have been conducted.

These factors can be simulated in a controlled environmental chamber. Since the prevalence of dry eyes is reportedly far higher among contact lens wearers, a contact lens-wearing population will be studied with and without their lenses in place. In addition, a large-scale study will be conducted to quantify DED prevalence across Europe.

Host Institution

Aston University (United Kingdom)