Association of Dry Eye Disease With Dyslipidemia and Statin Use

Khalid M. Aldaas, Omar M. Ismail, Judi Hakim, Eric D. Van Buren, Feng Chang Lin, Joshua S. Hardin, Jay J. Meyer

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Purpose: To determine whether an association exists between dry eye disease (DED) and statin use and/or dyslipidemia. Design: Retrospective, case-control study. Methods: SETTING: University of North Carolina (UNC)-affiliated healthcare facilities. STUDY POPULATION: 72,931 patients seen at UNC ophthalmology clinics over a 10-year period. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Odds ratios (ORs) calculated between DED and a history of low, moderate, or high-intensity statin use; and ORs calculated between DED and abnormal lipid panel values. Results: Total of 39,336 individuals (53.9% female) were analyzed after exclusion of individuals with confounding risk factors for DED. Of these, 3,399 patients (8.6%) carried a diagnosis of DED. Low-, moderate-, and high-intensity statin regimens were used by 751 subjects (1.9%), 2,655 subjects (6.8%), and 1,036 subjects (2.6%). Lipid abnormalities were identified as total cholesterol >200 mg/dL, 4,558 subjects (11.6%); high-density lipoprotein (HDL) <40 mg/dL, 2,078 subjects (5.3%); low-density lipoprotein (LDL) >130 mg/dL, 2,756 subjects (7.0%); and triglycerides (TGs) >150 mg/dL, 2,881 subjects (7.3%). The odds ratios (OR) of carrying a diagnosis of DED given the presence of low-, moderate-, and high-intensity statin use were 1.39 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.13-1.72); OR 1.47 (95% CI: 1.30-1.65), and OR 1.46 (95% CI: 1.21-1.75), respectively. The OR of carrying a diagnosis of DED given the presence of total cholesterol >200 mg/dL, HDL <40 mg/dL, LDL >130 mg/dL, and TGs >150 mg/dL were 1.66 (95% CI: 1.52-1.82), 1.45 (95% CI: 1.26-1.67), 1.55 (95% CI: 1.39-1.74), and 1.43 (95% CI: 1.27-1.61), respectively. Conclusions: A history of statin use or dyslipidemia is associated with an increased odds of having a DED diagnosis. Further studies are needed to determine whether statin use and/or dyslipidemia increases the risk of DED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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