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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?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Maybe

If your mother's dry eye is caused by an autoimmune disease or other heritable cause, you may be at higher risk for future dry eye issues.
Ask your mother and seecan eye doctor.

In brief: Maybe

If your mother's dry eye is caused by an autoimmune disease or other heritable cause, you may be at higher risk for future dry eye issues.
Ask your mother and seecan eye doctor.
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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology

In brief: Maybe

There are conditions that can cause dry eye such as sjogren's syndrome or systemic lupus.
However, just because you mother has dry eyes does not guarantee you will have dry eyes. More frequently dry eyes are related to hormonal changes, age, and other environmental factors.

In brief: Maybe

There are conditions that can cause dry eye such as sjogren's syndrome or systemic lupus.
However, just because you mother has dry eyes does not guarantee you will have dry eyes. More frequently dry eyes are related to hormonal changes, age, and other environmental factors.
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