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Is there a genetic basis for having dry eyes? Is it familial or hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

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


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There a genetic basis for having dry eyes?

There a genetic basis for having dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Can exercising help dry eyes?

No: Exercise will not improve dry eye. Dehydration induced by exercise without adequate hydration will actually make it worse. ...Read more

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Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

Can dry eyes cause blurriness?

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! ...Read more

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What can I do to treat dry eyes?

Dry eye: Artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, see an eye doctor for further treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe dry eyes?

How can I treat severe dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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How do I treat dry eyes from age?

How do I treat dry eyes from age?

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. ...Read more

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How do I get help for my dry eyes?

How do I get help for my dry eyes?

Dry eye: There are many treatments for dry eye. First line treatments include artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement or worsening, you should see an eye doctor to consider other prescription therapy. ...Read more

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Dry Eyes (Definition)

Dry eyes is a clinical finding in which a person's eyes are not properly lubricated with tears. This may be due to excessive heat, dehydration, ...Read more