SA Study Shows 40% of Dry Eye Patiens Have Sleep Issues

written by / April 8, 2022
SA Study Shows 40% of Dry Eye Patiens Have Sleep Issues

Consciously or not, most of us are aware of the immediate effects of a sleepless night. However, few link long-term eye health with sleep quality. 

A new Saudi Arabian study leaves little space for doubt — dry eye disease (DED), one of the most frequent eye-related complaints in the world, is associated with poor sleep.

The study included 234 adult DED patients, 71.4% of whom had a severe case of DED. Respondents with severe DED generally reported a lower sleep quality than those with milder DED. 

The sleep quality parameter most affected by dry eye disease was sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep). Expectedly, many other aspects of sleep quality were also affected.

This is unsurprising given that dry eye disease, also known as dry eye syndrome, includes symptoms such as itchiness, irritation, burning sensation, etc., — undisputably, all sleep-killers. 

However, the relationship between eye-dryness and sleep deprivation isnt unidirectional. Another study indicates that poor sleep isnt only the result of DED but, in a way, the cause of it. Namely, disturbed sleep can aggravate DED symptoms, causing severe eye discomfort. 

Finally, DED isnt the only condition ophthalmologists relate to sleeping issues. For example, “eye stroke”(NAION), retinal vein occlusion (RVO), papilledema, floppy eye syndrome, and glaucoma are also linked to sleep health. 

So, to prevent yourself from the inability to get a good nights sleep on your trusty high-quality mattress, better pay a visit to your ophthalmologist.

Marija Kovachevska is a content writer at, Biochemist and Activist. After obtaining her BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology she changed her microscope for content research tools and continued researching in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Communication. Her insatiable curiosity flare drove her to become a “content scientist writer” as she likes to say. Reality fascinates her and facts and statistics are a must-have feature in her articles. Fluent in English and French, she is a volunteer and communication associate for several non-profit organizations. French culture and handcrafting are her passion, but in her free time, she indulges in long walks and traveling, or as she likes to say “experiencing the inexperienced.”