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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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I've been taking Flonase for a week my eyes keep twitching is there a connection? What are possible reasons for eye twitching?

I've been taking Flonase for a week my eyes keep twitching is there a connection? What are possible reasons for eye twitching?

Eye twitching: I'm an ENT and I've never heard of nasal steroid spray causing this, but that doesn't mean it's not possible - just very unlikely. Eye twitching can be due to nervousness, vitamin or mineral deficiency (like calcium or Vit. D), nervous tic, 'blepharospasm,' or a neurologic condition. It might just be transient spasms that go away without good reason. A neurologist can resolve it. ...Read more

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I am 28 year old with minor squint eyes , is there remedy for squint eye or any kind of excercise?

I am 28 year old with minor squint eyes , is there remedy for squint eye or any kind of excercise?

Depends: Are you seeing double? Do you have to occlude one eye? If this is something that started in childhood, then one eye is suppressed and doubling will not occur. If it is of recent onset, then you should see an ophthalmologist to see what has changed - particularly if there is redness, pain or swelling or the vision has changed. ...Read more

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Is there a medical basis for left eye blinking superstition? A blinking left eye is supposed to be bad.

Is there a medical basis for left eye blinking superstition? A blinking left eye is supposed to be bad.

Superstition: There is no medical basis for that superstition, just like many other superstitions. There are several causes of eye blinking including blepharospasm, myokymia, foreign body, dry eye, and other causes. If artificial tears don't resolve it, please see your eye md. ...Read more

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Any reason why blinking is good for eye especially for those who has myopia?

Any reason why blinking is good for eye especially for those who has myopia?

Blinking: Blinking coats the eye with a new tear film. Without this film, the eye will become painful and the vision blurred. You blink about every 5 seconds or so. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma inherited genetically? My father has a lot of trouble dealing with his glaucoma problem. He is using eye drops and other medicines. He is even considering having a surgery next year. What are the things i can do to be prepared in case i inheri

Is glaucoma inherited genetically? My father has a lot of trouble dealing with his glaucoma problem. He is using eye drops and other medicines. He is even considering having a surgery next year. What are the things i can do to be prepared in case i inheri

You : You are correct that there are some genetic predispositions for glaucoma. There are several types of glaucoma and some are more genetic than others. I recommend a full eye examination to look for several risk factors for glaucoma. Depending on your individual risk then you might want an annual eye exam in order to detect any development or progression of the disease. Best regards, jc. ...Read more

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What is the medical explanation for why some peoples vision is better than others. Am i just born with bad eyes? Or a dysfunction while developing?

What is the medical explanation for why some peoples vision is better than others. Am i just born with bad eyes? Or a dysfunction while developing?

Few are perfect. : Vision is determined by the shape and clarity of the lens and cornea and the length of the eye. In addition there ha to be normal retina and optic nerve. I see hundreds of patients where these are not normal. Most commonly people are myopic-the eye is long and people need glasses. Very few are perfect. They just put up with less than perfect vision and don't wear glasses. ...Read more

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My age 27 have slightly squint eye problem , is there any complete remedy for this problem?

My age 27 have slightly squint eye problem , is there any complete remedy for this problem?

Squint: Depends on how you are using the word squint. If you are using squint to describe an eye that crosses in or out, glasses or eye muscle surgery may help. If you mean that you are squinting to bring objects into sharper focus with either eye, this could be corrected with glasses. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for a kid having a sore eye?

What are the best treatments for a kid having a sore eye?

Rest: Long hours of computer use, texting, etc are very fatiguing to your eyes you may also have uncorrected astigmatism or an eye muscle imbalance/strabismus a full eye exam is in order. ...Read more

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I am 31 years old and have a lazy eye. Is there any new findings offer hope for treating lazy eye?

I am 31 years old and have a lazy eye. Is there any new findings offer hope for treating lazy eye?

Yes: See a neuro-ophthalmologist, a doctor who specializes in treatment of strabismus - or lazy eye. There are doctors who specialize in this in Philadelphia close to where you live. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for a floater in my eye?

Is there any treatment for a floater in my eye?

No: Floaters are caused by particles floating in the vitreous (jelly of the eye) casting a shadow on the retina. With time they usually settle to the bottom of the eye and out of the vision. New onset floaters should be examined by an opthalmologist asap to rule out retinal tear, hole, detachment. ...Read more

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What are the long term outcomes of surgery for ocular albinism ? This is for a mild case for 16 month baby boy

What are the long term outcomes of surgery for ocular albinism ?  This is for a mild case for 16 month baby boy

No surgery: There is no surgery to correct the problem. If a muscle imbalance is present, they can do as well as any other patient. If there is strong macular involvement (the center "seeing" part of the retina), this can severly limit central vision as the child gets older. Best to see a retina specialist early. ...Read more

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Is there a hormonal reason for a dry mouth/tongue? What helps aside from drinking more?

Is there a hormonal reason for a dry mouth/tongue? What helps aside from drinking more?

Possibly: There can be many causes of dry mouth- mouth breathing, (breath more through your mouth than your nose,) meds, supplements, etc. There are many products out there for dry mouth- Biotene toothpastes, rinses, or some new one's- Xylimelts. Best to try and determine cause first. ...Read more

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Can a two year old have allergies to a brand of diaper? There is no rash, only sneezing and and some congestion occasionally. These are sam's club members-mark disposable diapers.

Can a two year old have allergies to a brand of diaper? There is no  rash, only sneezing and and some congestion occasionally. These are sam's club members-mark disposable diapers.

It's Possible: Only way to know is to completely eliminate the brand to a totally different and unrelated maker. Then if the rash goes away, you can always re-introduce the old brand to see if the same reaction happens. ...Read more

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Am i still a candidate for lasik if I have some corneal scarring? If not, are there other options? I've had a number of eye infections over the years due to leaving contacts in too long. I'm told none are in my line of vision. Is there hope for me havi

Am i still a candidate for lasik if I have some corneal scarring?  If not, are there other options? I've had a number of eye infections over the years due to leaving contacts in too long.  I'm told none are in my line of vision.  Is there hope for me havi

It : It is still possible you may be a candidate for lasik; the only way to know if to have an examination to determine the extent of the scarring. Other options may be prk (surface laser treatment), at times this can hold less risk than lasik and help remove/reduce some of the scarring. Another option may be an insertable contact lens (visian icl). This is a permanent contact lens that is placed behind the color portion of your eye and in front of your natural lens. It is important you consult with a doctor who performs both of these procedures on a regular basis and has extensive experience. Your case is more complex, but you can have good results provided you see an experienced surgeon. If you would like a second opinion, call our office for a consultation, mention you asked a question on avvo and the staff will schedule you for a complimentary consultation. Normal consultation fee is $95. Learn more about the visian icl option at: www.Geticl.Com. ...Read more

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What drug is safe for 50yrs man for dry eyes.no prob in tears.just dry eyes and feeling as if he has strange object in eye. frequent eye blinking?

What drug is safe for 50yrs man for dry eyes.no prob in tears.just dry eyes and feeling as if he has strange object in eye. frequent eye blinking?

Dry eye: See an eye MD for confirmation of dry eye diagnosis. How do you know there is "no prob in tears"? Dry eye can result from deficiency in tears or problems in the oil layer or mucus layer of the tear film. Proper diagnosis guides the treatment which may include artificial tears, Restasis, punctum plugs, flax seed oil, or even surgery depending on the cause and severity of the condition. ...Read more

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