Some people are at a greater risk of developing dry eye than others. If you fit into the following categories, you may be more likely to suffer from dry eye disease:
Age: Dry eye occurs naturally as we age. Most people over the age of 65 will experience symptoms of dry eye.
Gender: Women are more likely to develop dry eye due to hormonal changes brought on by menopause, pregnancy, and birth control.
Medications: A number of medications can decrease tear production leading to dry eye, including antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants.
Medical conditions: Autoimmune diseases like Sjorgren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus can increase your risk for dry eyes. So can diabetes and thyroid conditions.
Contact lens use: Contact lenses can interfere with the distribution of tears over the eyes, although your optometrist can recommend specialty contacts if you have dry eyes.
Laser eye surgery: Laser eye surgery like LASIK can interfere with tear production, although this side effect is often temporary.