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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

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?

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. ...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?

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. ...Read more

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What can be done fo severe dry eyes?

What can be done fo severe dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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Can one have blurring from dry eyes?

Dry eyes: Sure, due to change in acuity and perception. ...Read more

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What can I do about really dry eyes?

What can I do about really dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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I need help to find relief for dry eyes?

I need help to find relief for dry eyes?

See Eye MD: This is problem that has many possible solutions. See an ophthalmologist to discuss your options. ...Read more

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What are remedies to dry eyes in the morning?

What are remedies to dry eyes in the morning?

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. ...Read more

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What contacts are good for people with dry eyes?

What contacts are good for people with dry eyes?

Dry eye: Acuvue oasys and proclear contact lenses do well in patients with mild dry eye. ...Read more

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What are the causes of? Dry eyes? Even when closed?

What are the causes of? Dry eyes? Even when closed?

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. ...Read more

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Which medications are typically hard on dry eyes?

Which medications are typically hard on dry eyes?

Perservatives: Dry eye is most commonly treated with atds (artificial tear drops). These can be difficult on the epithelium (cause sloughing) when they contain preservatives and our used long term. ...Read more

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What's a really good brand of drops for dry eyes?

What's a really good brand of drops for dry eyes?

Dry eye drops: I like refresh optive and systane ultra but there are a lot of good products available. ...Read more

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I have extreme dry eyes and need relief, what to do?

I have extreme dry eyes and need relief, what to do?

Dry eyes: Often respond to regular dosing of artificial tears. If you are having persistent symptoms, then you should see your ophthalmologist to make sure there is nothing else contributing to your symptoms. Also, he/she will be able to prescribe other types of drops or other medications to help. ...Read more

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What is good for chronic dry eyes? What causes it? Thank you, rebecca

What is good for chronic dry eyes? What causes it? Thank you, rebecca

Treatments for dry e: Dry eyes are common and have a number of causes. As we get older, our eyes make less tears. Tears are a complex mixture that includes mucous, water, minerals and a lipid. All the components are important to keep the tear film stable and prevent rapid evaporation.
There are a number of treatments that include various types of artificial tears and other treatments. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Does resveratrol help dry eyes?

Does resveratrol help dry eyes?

Depends: This natural substance can help keep your youthfulness. It has not been studied for dry eyes. ...Read more

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What are some good eyedrops to use for dry eyes?

What are some good eyedrops to use for dry eyes?

Varies: Different lubricating drops treat different types of dry eye disease. First get an exam and find out the type you have; evaporative, aqueous (water) decrease. Aqueous loss: refresh, tears naturale, (artificial tears) genteal. Aqueous and mucin: optive, blink, systane. Lipid: systane balance, sooth. ...Read more

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Shall I confer with the doctors about my dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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Does Lexotan cause dry eyes? Taking 0.75mg daily.

Does Lexotan cause dry eyes? Taking 0.75mg daily.

Not listed: Dry eyes are not listed as a side effect but there is a history of some antidepressants having that side effect. Middle age is a time of life that many people do suffer this condition and you might ask your PCP, opthalmologist or a pharmacist for ideas. Drinking lots of water may help and using good OTC eye moisturizers. Take care, best wishes! ...Read more

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Dry eyes, are they diagnostic of sjogren's syndrome?

No: Just because you eyes are dry does not mean you have sjogren's. Dry eyes is very common and can be due to a number of causes. As in the previous answer, sjogren's is dry eyes and dry mouth. There are blood tests for that condition, as we'll as a biopsy, although the latter is not a pleasant procedure to undergo. See your eye md for appropriate and treatment of your dry eyes. ...Read more

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Very dry eyes when I don't wear contacts. Why is that?

Dry eyes: Dry eyes can be caused by a number of problems including excessive use of smart phones, computers, medications, air conditioning, hormonal fluctuations. Keep a diary of your symptoms, that will help to pin point the cause. Try using artificial tears. If that does not help see your ophthalmologist to get a thorough examination. ...Read more

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Do punctal plugs make much of a difference for dry eyes?

Yes: Punctal plugs are an excellent option for the right patient. Not every "dry eye" is the same, but for those who have a low baseline tear film and an otherwise healthy ocular surface, punctal plugs are an excellent choice. ...Read more

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Dry Eye Syndrome (Definition)

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