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.
Not usually. Most dry eye is not due to generic or hereditary causes. Some disease which can cause dry eye can have a genetic component (such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) but this accounts for only a few percentage of dry eye patients.

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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...
Usually not. Dry eye is not usually genetic although disease that can cause dry eye can be genetic in nature. Most dry eye is not from inherited problems though. Read more...

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?

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. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...