How Common Is Chronic Dry Eye?

Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease is more common than many people think. Approximately 5 million people in the United States suffer from symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye.

Chronic Dry Eye becomes more common in people over the age of 50, but can occur in adults of any age. Chronic Dry Eye can occur in both women and men, although it tends to occur somewhat more frequently in women than in men.

Dry eye symptoms and Chronic Dry Eye may be more common in the “Baby Boomer” generation due to:

  • Growing older (most are 50 years of age or older)
  • Increased incidence of other eye and health conditions (glaucoma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome)