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Participant Information Sheet

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide if you would like to participate, take time to read the following information carefully and, if you wish, discuss it with others such as your family, friends or colleagues. Please ask a member of the research team, whose contact details can be found at the end of this information sheet, if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information before you make your decision.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to investigate the patient perspective on the likely risk factors affecting their dry eye disease and the relative importance of alleviating your dry eye symptoms and signs.

Why have I been invited?
You are being invited to take part in this study because you have dry eye disease. The main inclusion criteria of this study are:

  • You are 18 years or older
  • You can read and understand English

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will complete an online survey consisting of 4 main parts. The first part of the survey asks about your age, sex, ethnicity and current country of residence. Names, addresses or contact numbers are not collected as part of this questionnaire. The second part of the survey includes a validated questionnaire which asks about the frequency and severity of your dry eye symptoms. The third part requests you to rate what you think are the main contributors to your dry eye disease from a list of known dry eye risk factors. The fourth and final part of the survey requests you to rate how important it is that your eyecare clinician improves the various signs and symptoms of your dry eyes. The whole survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not you wish to take part. You will be asked to provide informed consent in the form of a check box in the next screen following this information page and before starting the survey. You are free to withdraw at any time while completing the survey by exiting the browser. In this case, any responses provided will not be recorded for analysis. Once submitted, this data is untraceable to you and therefore cannot be withdrawn.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All responses and data are anonymized. The data we collect will be stored electronically on a secure encrypted mobile device, password protected computer server or secure cloud storage device for 6 years and deleted thereafter.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Your participation will benefit contribution of new knowledge of patient perspectives on dry eye disease.

What are the possible risks and burdens of taking part?
No risks are anticipated in completing this survey other than fatigue.

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this study may be published in scientific journals and/or presented at conferences.

Expenses and payments
No additional expenses or payments will be involved in this study.

Who is funding the research?
The study is being funded by Aston University.

Who is organising this study and acting as data controller for the study?
Aston University is organising this study and acting as data controller for the study. Research data will be used only for the purposes of the study or related uses identified in this Information Sheet.

Who has reviewed the study?
This study was given a favorable ethical opinion by the College of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee at Aston University.

What if I have a concern about my participation in the study?
If you have any concerns about your participation in this study, please speak to the research team and they will do their best to answer your questions.  Contact details can be found at the end of this information sheet. If the research team are unable to address your concerns or you wish to make a complaint about how the study is being conducted you should contact the Aston University Research Integrity Office at or or via the University switchboard on +44 (0)121 204 3000.

Research Team

  • Dr Jeremy Chung Bo Chiang, Aston University, UK
    email:, contact number 0121204400
  • Professor James Wolffsohn, Aston University, UK
    email:, contact number 07833049245

Thank you for taking time to read this information sheet. If you have any questions regarding the study please don’t hesitate to ask one of the research team members.


Transparency Statement

Aston University takes its obligations under data and privacy law seriously and complies with the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA”) and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 as retained in UK law by the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the UK GDPR”). Aston University is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study.  Aston University will process your personal data in order to register you as a participant and to manage your participation in the study.  It will process your personal data on the grounds that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest (GDPR Article 6(1)(e).  Aston University may process special categories of data about you which includes details about your health.  Aston University will process this data on the grounds that it is necessary for statistical or research purposes (GDPR Article 9(2)(j)).  Aston University will keep identifiable information about you for 6 years after the study has finished. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally identifiable information possible. You can find out more about how we use your information at or by contacting our Data Protection Officer at If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). 

REC ID HLS21124, Version 2, 2nd August 2023