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Title: Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated with Symptomatic Dry Eye in Nurses in Palestine During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Allayed, Riyad$Other$Palestinian
Ayed, Ahmad$AAUP$Palestinian
Fashafsheh, Imad$AAUP$Palestinian
Keywords: dry eye disease
ocular surface disease index
risk factors
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2022
Publisher: sage
Series/Report no.: DOI: 10.1177/23779608221127948;
Abstract: Introduction: Working in closed wards at hospitals during night-time shifts and using electronic health records may raise the risk of dry eye disease in nurses. Objective: The purpose of the current study was to assess the prevalence and associated factors of dry eye disease among hospital nurses in the North West Bank, Palestine. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study. The study included 300 nurses who work at hospitals in the North West Bank, Palestine. The Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire on dry eye disease was used to estimate the prevalence of symptomatic dry eye disease. Results: The percentage of dry eye disease prevalence among study participants was 62% with an OSDI score of >13 (mild to moderate and severe OSDI status). Nurses who wore contact lenses worked during the night-time, and worked in the intensive care unit were more likely to report significantly higher OSDI scores (p < .05). Moreover, gender, smoking, and computer use were not statistically associated with dry eye disease (p > .05). Conclusion: Symptomatic dry eye disease is one of the most common ocular diseases among hospital nurses in Palestine.
ISSN: 2377-9608
Appears in Collections:Faculty & Staff Scientific Research publications

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