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Dry eye: Introduction

Dry eye: Dryness of one or both eyes. See detailed information below for a list of 38 causes of Dry eye, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Dry eye:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dry eye. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Dry eye

Home medical tests possibly related to Dry eye:

Causes of Types of Dry eye:

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Review causes of more specific types of Dry eye:

Dry eye: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Dry eye, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Dry eye Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Dry eye may include:

  • Eyedrops, Sterile ointments, humidifiers
  • Vitamin A - possibly used for related vitamin A deficiency
  • Collagen implants
  • Soft Plug
  • Hydroxypropyl Cellulose
  • Lacrisert
  • more treatments...»

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Stories from Users for Dry eye

Real-life user stories relating to Dry eye:

Message Boards for Dry eye

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Dry eye or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Dry eye:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Dry eye. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect the eyes and look for the presence of any foreign bodies or eyelid blepharitis
    • Fluorescein and Rose Bengal staining of the surface of the eye may show small defects in the cornea suggesting dry eyes or corneal ulceration
    • Measure visual acuity
    • Central nervous system examination, including cranial nerves looking for signs of 7th nerve palsy (which may be due to brain stem stroke, brain stem tumor or multiple sclerosis) which causes inability of the eyelid to close forcefully on the affected side and consequent dry eye
    • Look for signs of Bell's palsy (7th nerve palsy of unknown cause) e.g. unable to wrinkle forehead or close eye forcefully on affected side, unable to whistle or blow out cheeks
    • If 7th nerve palsy, examine for a blister-like rash on the pharynx or external ear canal that would suggest herpes zoster (shingles) infection of the nerve
  • more tests...»

Dry eye: Animations

Medications or substances causing Dry eye:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Dry eye as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Dry eye: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Dry eye may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Dry eye

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Dry eye:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dry eye. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Dry eye: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Dry eye

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Dry eye: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Dry eye: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Dry eye:

The list of organs typically affected by Dry eye may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Dry eye

The list below shows some of the causes of Dry eye mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Dry eye?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Dry eye. Of the 38 causes of Dry eye that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 35 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dry eye:

The following list of conditions have 'Dry eye' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dry eye:

The following list of medical conditions have Dry eye or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Dry eye Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Dry eye based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Dry eye?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Dry eye, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Dry eye:

    Subtypes of Dry eye:

    Eye dryness (13 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Dry eye:

    Eye pain (475 causes), Tear symptoms (288 causes), Eye symptoms (5412 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

    Symptoms related to Dry eye:

    Foreign body eye sensation (16 causes), Eye pain (475 causes), Eye discharge (34 causes), Eye symptoms (5412 causes), Blinking (35 causes), Contact lenses, Excessive reading, Excessive computer usage, Windy conditions, Dry conditions, Air travel, Air conditioning, Home heating

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Dry eye

    Medical research papers related to Dry eye include:

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    Related medical articles from our Disease Center for Dry Eye:

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