Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
General Radiology - Original Article

Is dry eye syndrome a work-related disease among radiologists?

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Department of Radiology, Şişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Department of Ophthalmology, Kartal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

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Departments of Radiology, Şişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turke

Diagn Interv Radiol 2006; 12: 163-165
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Abstract

PURPOSE
To assess tear function in radiologists.

 

MATERIALS AND METHODS
The study included 71 volunteers divided into 2 groups; 36 radiologists (Group 1) and 35 non-radiologist controls (Group 2). The noted ophthalmologic symptoms in both groups were burning, stinging, redness, sensation of a foreign body, photophobia, and blurred vision. Schirmer's 1 and tear break-up time tests were used to assess tear function.

 

RESULTS
The distribution of eye symptoms in Group 1 was as follows: 16 radiologists (44.4%) presented with burning and stinging, 17 (47.2%) with the sensation of a foreign body, 23 (63.8%) with redness, 11 (30.5%) with blurred vision, and 5 (13.8%) with photophobia. As for Group 2, the following symptoms were noted: burning and stinging in 8 (22.8%), sensation of a foreign body in 5 (14.2%), redness in 6 (17.1%), blurred vision in 3 (8.5%), and photophobia in 1 control volunteer (2.8%). Tear break-up time test scores were 8.4 for Group 1 and 15.4 for Group 2, whereas Schirmer's 1 test scores were 9.1 and 16.1 for Groups 1 and 2, respectively.

 

CONCLUSION
As a conclusion, dry eye syndrome occurs significantly more frequently in radiologists compared to non-radiologist. The working conditions and circumstances, including air-conditioned rooms, use of negatoscopes, and exposure to diagnostic radiation may be possible causative factors of this statistical outcome.

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