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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 moreSee 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
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 moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Dry eye symptoms: The most common symptomof dry eye is tearing! this confuses most patients, it is caused by the eye producing excess aqueous tears (watery component). Tears are really a 3 layer sandwich fat on top to prevent evaporation water in the middle and mucous to aid spreading on the bottom. Loss or decrease of any component causes symptoms. An eye dr can measure or analyze for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many varied: Dry eye treatment should be based on the pathology of one's dry eye and tailored the specific patient. Artificial tears, punctal plugs, restasis, nutritional supplementation, and warm compresses are just a few of the different ways dry eyes can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lubricate: The blurriness likely comes from disturbance of the ocular surface caused by inflammation from the dryness. If the surface of the eye is irregular so will be the image seen through it! aim should be to identify and treat the cause, lubricate the eye with preservative free artificial tears and gel drops and possibly use restasis, a unique product designed to improve the health of the cornea. ...Read more
There may be none: Depending on how dry your eyes are, you may not be able to handle contact lenses. Contacts themselves are known to create a relative dry eye situation and can worsen dry eyes that are already present. Contacts with higher water content tend to be more comfortable, but all types may end up being too uncomfortable. Wetting drops may help; speak with your eye doctor if you have any questions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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