Giorgio Ciprandi. Via Boselli 5, Genoa, 16146, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of administering a combined therapy in patients with dry eye syndrome (DES) and associated laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). METHODS: The study was retrospective, open, observational, and conducted in a real-life setting. Patients had pathological symptom assessment in dry eye (SANDE) and reflux symptom index (RSI) at baseline. Patients were re-assessed after 1mo and at the end of treatment. The treatment consisted of a three-month course based on the combined therapy: Gastroftal eye drops, one drop three times a day, and Gastroftal tablets, two tablets after lunch and two tablets after dinner. Tear break-up-time (TBUT) test, Schirmer test, RSI, and SANDE questionnaire were evaluated. RESULTS: The study included 253 patients. The mean age was 58±11.19y. TBUT test score and Schirmer’s test significantly increased (both P<0.001) after 1mo and at the end of treatment. The RSI score and SANDE scores significantly decreased (both P<0.001) after 1mo and at the end of treatment. CONCLUSION: The current, retrospective, and open study shows that combined therapy using Gastroftal eye drops and tablets could represent a valuable option in managing patients with DES associated with LPR.
Giorgio Ciprandi, Stefano Bonini, Irene Schiavetti, et al. A combined treatment for patients with dry eye and associated laryngopharyngeal reflux: a real-life approach. Int J Ophthalmol 2023;16(10):1616-1622Copy