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Is There A Genetic Basis For Having Dry Eyes Is It Familial Or Hereditary
Not really: There are some dry eye diseases associated with sjogren's syndrome, which may have a genetic and environmental roles, but its probably not dominant or recessive as we know it. Familal and hereditary are terms sometimes used interchangeably, so I'm not sure what you're asking. Most dry eyes are prob not genetic based.See 1 more doctor answer
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Very rarely: There are some very rare genetic diseases that are associated with dry eyes. In the great majority of people dry eyes are not hereditary and they will not pass it on to their children. Dry eyes can be associated with some systemic conditions, such as sjogren's syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis, but most often the cause is unknown.See 1 more doctor answer
My mom suffers from extremely dry eyes. Will I have dry eyes when I'm older as well? Is there a genetic component to this condition?
Possibly: Dry eyes are relatively common. The potential to get dry eyes may have a genetic component in some people. As we age, we produce less tears, and become relatively drier. Additionally, certain behaviors can make our eyes dry (smoking, being dehydrated, using the computer for hours each day), as well as medications. You may not end up with the same problems, depending on your health and lifestyle.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Artificial tears are good for your eyes. The eyes like to be wet.
Common: When the human cornea becomes dry, it's surface can become irregular and swollen. This may cause the light entering the eye (s) to be distorted and the vision to be blurred. Reconstituting the volume and quality of the tear film will typically resolve the blurring. This can be accomplished with artificial tears, lacrimal plugs, anti-inflammatory drops, and restasis!See 1 more doctor answer
Eye drops: Eyes are dry due to too little tears or tears lacking wetting agents. You can supplement with over the counter drops (don't use those that say "gets the red out") and ointment at night. Some find help with flax seed oil. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist if persistent as there are some disease associated with eye dryness.See 1 more doctor answer
Multiple treaments: Treatment depends on the severity of the dryness. Can consist of simple lubricating drops, moving forward to restasis, punctual plugs, and may require a short course of a steroid drop. Also may require special treatment of meibomian glands. Final treatment will be determined by your ophthalmologist, after certain diagnostic tests.
Several options.: Frequent artificial tear use, punctual plugs which are placed by your Ophthalmologist, Restasis prescription drops which help your eyes to produce more tears, and sometimes, omega-3 supplementation can be helpful.See 3 more doctor answers
Pharmacy, eyedoc: Drug stores have a whole section devoted to eye dryness and there are many options. You need possibly an ointment at bedtime, and an eye lubricant or tear replacement during the daytime. Avoid drops that say "gets the red out" as these are drying. If the vision is affected or there is pain, see your ophthalmologist.See 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial answe: Dry eye has many causes ranging from environmental, pharmacological, hormonal, due to lid pathology, decrease liquid production, abnormal lipid (oily) portion of tear (evaporative) dry eye. Finding the cause of the dry eye helps determine the treatment needed. See your ophthalmologist to determine the type of dry eye disease you have to determine the best treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
Puntal plugs: The doctors in our practice have been using puntal plugs more and more because of the often dramatic effect it has on the symtoms caused by dry eyes. There are many treatment plans but this is one of the most dramatic in many appropriate cases. There are some patients that plugs should not be placed, at least as one of the initial therapies.See 1 more doctor answer
Dry eyes!: Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful. You can use ointment (refresh pm at bedtime), I find that the oral omega 3's work well for people with problems during the night or first thing in the morning.See 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: Dry eye has several causes. Usually it is due to increased evaporation rate (dry wind blowing in your face, staring at a computer screen all day, etc). Or you may not be making enough tears (medication side effect, certain medical conditions etc). You may be sleeping with you eyes slightly open, in which case ointment (genteal /lacrilube /refresh pm) at bedtime would help.See 1 more doctor answer
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