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A 29-year-old member asked:

how do you know if you have dry eyes?

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Dr. Charles Titone
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Dry eye symptoms: The most common symptomof dry eye is tearing! this confuses most patients, it is caused by the eye producing excess aqueous tears (watery component). Tears are really a 3 layer sandwich fat on top to prevent evaporation water in the middle and mucous to aid spreading on the bottom. Loss or decrease of any component causes symptoms. An eye dr can measure or analyze for this.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Dry eye: Dry eye diagnosis is based on symptoms and a clinical evaluation performed by an eye doctor. See an eye doctor to determine if you have dry eye.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

I'm 20 years old and i've been wearing contacts all my life. Will I have dry eyes when i'm older?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It is quite likely: Most individuals develop some dry eyes as they age. Genetics, medications and diseases can increase the dryness or likelihood of dry eyes. Contact lenses are sponges. As the eye remains open and water evaporates off the lens surface the contact draws water from the eye, making it somewhat dry. Contacts can irritate the eye, which can also contribute to creating dry eyes over years.
A 56-year-old member asked:

What causes dry eyes after lens replacement?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Depends: How soon after cataract surgery and was it routine? Still using postoperative eye drops? Any underlying diseases that could cause dry eye? Dry eye could have been present before and is now more noticeable after surgery (small incisions on the cornea). Try lubricating the eyes with artificial tears and ask your cataract surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Dry eyes, blinks alot.. Is this bad?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Could be: Depending on your age and health, you could have a significant problem. Dry eyes could be from simple causes but there are major health issues associated with dry eyes. Simple wetting agents (saline eye drops) can help. Increasing moisture in the room (humidifiers) can help. Wearing protective equipment when out doors can help. If you are concerned, see an eye care professional.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Shall I confer with the doctors about my dry eyes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Yes: Dry eye is an extremely common condition. Symptoms usually include burning or scratcy feeling in the eyes. We have better treatments than we ever had in the past. Options for treatment include otc artificial tears, punctal plugs (small plastic devices used to block up the tear drainage apparatus), prescription drops, primarily restasis, oral treatments such as omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Docs, wanted to know if I can get ride of dry eyes permanently somehow?

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Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 46 years experience
Not really: Dry eyes is typically a chronic condition with no permanent cure. However, there are many treatments available for dry eye to reduce the symptoms and prevent it from getting worse, including artificial tears, Restasis drops, tear duct plugs and other treatments. Get a consult to see what options are best for you. The treatments are needed on a regular basis.

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