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    New therapies needed for allergy symptoms, quality of life


    Survey continues on

    These and other findings were derived from an IRB-approved questionnaire to assess the impact of ocular allergy on quality of life from the patient’s perspective and identify emerging trends. Although the participants were located in different parts of the country, results were consistent across the entire survey population, Gomes said.

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    Researchers from Ora had conducted a similar survey, reported at the 2013 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting. The research firm presented new data from an updated survey at the 2017 ARVO meeting. “It’s a living, breathing, dynamic questionnaire that we intend to be using for many years to come, comparing it over the years and also revising it periodically,” Gomes said.

    While there are similarities in the results of the two surveys, such as the common complaints of allergy sufferers—itching, watery eyes and tearing, and redness—the newer survey included questions on quality of life as well as respondents’ concomitant allergic medical history.

    In the quality-of-life section, the common complaints were feelings of frustration and irritability and the impact on outdoor activities. Other complaints included a feeling of tiredness, lack of productivity, consciousness of the appearance of their eyes, and problems with visual tasks, such as reading or watching movies.

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