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Air pollution leads to dry eyes

Individuals living in areas with high levels of pollution may be familiar with the health risks that come about as a result of poor air quality. However, few people are as cognizant of the little annoyances that come about as a result of air pollution, which was the subject of one recent study. 

The research, presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Academy Ophthalmology, found that those who live in major cities with lots of air pollution were three to four times more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome. Characterized by a lack of tear production, this issue could result in an irritating and potentially harmful medical problem. 

"Undoubtedly, many people living in arid and polluted cities would readily attest to the irritating effect air pollution has on dry eye," said Dr. Anat Galor, the lead researcher on the study. "Our research suggests that simple actions, such as maintaining the appropriate humidity indoors and using a high-quality air filter, should be considered as part of the overall management of patients suffering from dry eye syndrome." 

Home air purifiers could make a difference in patients with dry eye syndrome. Options like the IQAir GC MultiGas are medical-grade filters that can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, which could positively affect dry eye syndrome as well as related health problems.