Dry Eye Who is most at risk?
Anyone can suffer from dry eye, although it is more common among women, especially after menopause. Women with other hormonal conditions caused by pregnancy and menstruation may also have dry eye symptoms.
People with a condition called Sjögren's syndrome often have dry eye. Those with systemic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or other types of thyroid disease will also have it. Additionally, those who take certain prescription or over-the-counter medications may develop dry eye due to reduced tear secretion.
People who have had LASIK or refractive surgery, during which the cornea loses some sensation due to incisions or tissue removal, may also experience dry eye. Additionally, long-term contact lens wearers are at risk of developing dry eye.
People who are sensitive to certain dry or windy climates, or to environmental factors such as cigarette smoke or air conditioning, may develop dry eye when exposed to these conditions.