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Published On: Nov 6, 2017
Last Updated On: Jul 15, 2021
If the changing of the seasons irritates your eyes, you’re not alone. One of the common comorbidities – or related health conditions – of atopic dermatitis (AD) is allergic rhinitis or hay fever, which counts red, swollen, itchy eyes among its many symptoms.
But not all eye problems should be chalked up to seasonal allergies when you’re living with eczema. New research suggests people with AD have a higher risk of developing eye diseases such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), keratitis (corneal inflammation) and keratoconus (conical cornea).
Researchers examined 10,038 Danish adults who were 18 years or older and living with AD. Out of the 10,038 study participants, 5,766 adults had a mild form of the disease and 4,272 had severe symptoms.
The study concluded that individuals with AD were at a higher risk of developing eye disease compared to the general population. Those with severe AD were at an even higher risk of developing eye disease than those living with mild AD.
Results from the study, led by Jacob P. Thyssen of Denmark’s Copenhagen University Hospital Department of Dermatology and Allergology, were published in the August 2017 issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Source: National Institutes of Health Eye Institute