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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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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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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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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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What can I do for dry eyes?

Many treatment: See an ophthalmologist to discuss your options. There are many treatment possibilities. ...Read more

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What to do if you got dry eyes?

Omega 3: We have had good response to oral omega 3/6 supplements it takes a good 45-60 days of at least 2, 000 units drink plenty of fluids without caffeine and alcohol compress your eye lids with good warm compresses twice a day for 2-3 minutes. If all this fails, then we move on to medicated drops, etc. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes, what can I do?

I have dry eyes, what can I do?

Artificial tear: Regular application of artificial tear 3-4 x daily( preferably preservative-free) would be helpful. Wear sunglasses whenever outdoors especially on dry and windy days. The next step would be plugging the duct draining to the nose-> restasis-> a serum preparation from your own serum . Consult an ophthalmologist if artificial tear alone failed. ...Read more

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What should I do about dry eyes?

What should I do about dry eyes?

Depends: This is a multifactorial problem. It can be internal, external, medication affected, inflammatory, infectious, ideopathic, or combinations.Try otc artificial tears first. This can be multifactorial in treatments especially with new methods coming to the marketplace. This needs to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist to focus treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat really dry eyes?

How do you treat really dry eyes?

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. ...Read more

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Could dry eyes decrease my vision?

Could dry eyes decrease my vision?

Temporary: When the eyes are dry there is a change in the tear pool over the front which can alter the vision. This is temporary and corrected with treatment of the dryness - usually with lubricating eyedrops. Only if the dryness is profound (eyes always red, irritated and painful) can the vision be affected more permanently. ...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