Do Your Eyes Lack Tears? Dry Eye Disease Can Be A Reason

High screen time and desk job can lead to dry eyes disease, reveals a study. Read on for more information.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterUpdated at: Oct 24, 2022 16:56 IST
Do Your Eyes Lack Tears? Dry Eye Disease Can Be A Reason

Imagine a situation wherein you want to cry but your eyes fail to produce tears. This might seem fictional but people having dry eye disease know the discomfort they experience. Just like having a lot of tears might seem odd, having no tears at all is also a cause for concern. Let us dive into what is dry eye disease and its related aspects in this article.

For healthy and comfortable eyes, tears are important. National Eye Institute reports that dry eyes happen when eyes do not make enough tears to stay wet. This condition can also occur when the eyes do not make the right type of tears. As this process enhances, it gradually increases the potential for other eye problems as well.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

A study published in the Indian Journal Of Ophthalmology concluded that the prevalence of dry eye disease is 32% in North Indians, within the age group of 21 to 40 years, who are affected most commonly. For the study, 15,625 patients were screened. The numbers make it noteworthy to dive into the causes revealed by the study. It points out that desk jobs and high screen time were associated with an increased risk of the disease. In addition to this, smokers and contact lens users have higher odds of developing dry eyes. 

Separately, the American Academy Of Ophthalmology states rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, thyroid disease, lupus, Blepharitis, LASIK eye surgery, allergy, antidepressants, and heart-burn medicines as other causes behind chronic dry eyes. Other causes include vitamin A deficiency and menopause.

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Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Untreated dry eye disease can cause various complications. Thus, it becomes important to see a doctor for relief, if:

  • You have a scratchy or gritty feeling in your eyes.
  • Your eyes experience a burning or stinging sensation.
  • Your vision becomes blurred, especially while reading.
  • Your eyes become red and sensitive to light.


Knowing what is causing your eyes to dry becomes important in the first place. Successively, its treatment becomes of utmost importance. In both, your ophthalmologist will play a major role in the treatment and providing relief from the disease.

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