Prevalence of ocular symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis: Korean multicenter study

Ji Eun Lee, Kyong Rae Kim, Ki Sang Rha, Hun Jong Dhong, Hwan Jung Roh, Chae Seo Rhee, Kyung Su Kim, Dong Joon Park, Sung Wan Kim, Yong Dae Kim, Sang Chul Lim, Byung Hoon Ahn, Jun Myung Kang, Jae Hoon Lee, Chang Hoon Kim, Soo Hwan Kim, Hyun Jun Kim, Kun Hee Lee, Kyu Sub Cho, Young Ho JungTae Hoon Lee, Woo Sub Shim, Eun Joong Kim, Ji Sang Park, Yil Seob Lee, Dong Young Kim

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Abstract

Background: Allergic rhinitis (AR) is often accompanied by multiple ocular symptoms. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of ocular symptoms and the impact of ocular symptoms on the quality of life in patients with AR. Methods: One thousand one hundred seventy-four patients with AR were enrolled from 24 centers in Korea. They were classified into four groups according to the Allergic Rhinitis and Its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) guideline and also classified into perennial AR (PAR) and seasonal AR groups. All patients were asked to complete the questionnaire regarding the presence of ocular symptoms, such as eye itching, watery eyes, and red eyes. The correlation between ocular symptoms and the rest of the quality-of-life areas in the Mini-Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (Mini-RQLQ) was also asked. Results: Seven hundred nineteen (61.2%) of 1174 patients had ocular symptoms. In detail, the numbers of patients with eye itching, watery eyes, red eyes, and other ocular symptoms were 605 (51.5%), 313 (26.7%), 207 (17.6%), and 66 (5.6%), respectively. Female patients (72.5%) complained of ocular symptoms more commonly than male patients (55.1%). The patients with moderate-severe persistent AR showed the highest prevalence of ocular symptoms. The correlation coefficients between ocular symptoms and the rest of the quality-of-life areas in the Mini-RQLQ were statistically significant (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Sixty-one percent of Korean AR patients experienced ocular symptoms. The patients who were women and had PAR and more severe AR showed higher prevalence of ocular symptoms. The ocular symptoms might have a significant impact on the quality of life in patients with AR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e135-e139
JournalAmerican Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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