Dry eye disease is associated with numerous subjective symptoms such as burning, itching, foreign body sensations or light sensitivity. It is therefore advisable to take a detailed history of the patient if the disease is to be successfully identified.
A number of specific questionnaires, referred to as dry eye questionnaires, have been developed for facilitating a better classification of dry eye disease. They are mostly used by ophthalmologists/optometrists for research or clinical diagnosis.

Dry Eye Questionnaires (DEQ)

In the German-speaking countries there are now some questionnaires regarding dry eyes. They are mostly used in clinical areas, on the one hand for research purposes, on the other hand for taking anamnesis in the context of ophthalmological and optometric examinations.

Dry Eye Questionnaires

These questionnaires are included in their original version as well as in a validated German translation. Moreover, the authors of the book´´ Classification of Slit Lamp Findings´´ have developed a new questionnaire, the Jena Dry Eye Questionnaire, which is suitable for lens wearers as well as for non-lens wearers. This questionnaire takes somewhat less time to fill in and yields results almost identical to those of the OSDI questionnaire [5]. Recent studies indicate that a selected combination of subjective questionnaires and objective test methods yield the most accurate description of the degree of eye dryness.

The following questionnaires are widely used internationally: OSDI, MCM , SPEED, CLDEQ und JenaDEQ