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Top 5 Dry Eyes Causes

  1. 1.Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)

    Blepharitis is an eyelid issue where the skin, lashes, or glands become inflamed from an irritant or infection.

    You should use an eyelid scrub and warm compresses. It's important to keep your eyelids clean going forward.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sensitivity to light, eye itch, eye redness, dry eyes, feeling of something in the eye
    Symptoms that never occur with inflamed eyelid (blepharitis):
    severe eye pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronically Dry Eyes

    Dry eye syndrome (medically known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca), occurs when there is a problem with the thin film of tears that keeps the eye moist and lubriated. This is a condition that can affect people of all ages, but becomes more common as one gets older. The causes include aging, some medications, increased evaporation of tears (due to low humidity in the air, low blink frequency, wearing contact lenses, or windy conditions), and underlying illness in rare cases.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with artificial tears, which come as eye drops and gels, and are usually great at relieving symptoms. You can purchase these at a pharmacy. You might want to consider consulting your primary care physician (PCP) if over-the-counter remedies don't help.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry eyes, dry mouth, feeling of something in the eye, eye pain, sensitivity to light
    Symptoms that always occur with chronically dry eyes:
    dry eyes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Graves' Disease

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck that is responsible for making thyroid hormones. These hormones control important body functions, such as heart rate and the rate at which the body turns food into energy. In Grave's disease, the immune system malfunctions and drives the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of hormones, leading to symptoms such as trouble sleeping, irritability and nervousness, heat sensitivity, hand tremors, and weight loss.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get your blood tested. Grave's disease is a complex condition that is managed with prescription antithyroid medications, as well as surgery in rare cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Vernal Conjunctivitis

    Vernal conjunctivitis is long-term (chronic) swelling (inflammation) of the outer lining of the eyes due to an allergic reaction. Vernal conjunctivitis often occurs in people with a strong family history of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eczema.

    You should visit your primary care physician, where he/she will look at your eyes to inspect for the telltale signs of vernal conjunctivitis. Typical treatments are anti-histamine eye drops, which can be found over-the-counter.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    eye redness, wateriness in both eyes, eye itch, sensitivity to light, burning eye(s)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acute Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with acute hepatitis c:
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the lower right abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dry Eyes

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Dry Eyes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dry eyes have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 5% Dry Mouth
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced dry eyes were most often matched with:

    • 20% Inflamed Eyelid (Blepharitis)
    • 13% Chronically Dry Eyes
    • 6% Graves' Disease
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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