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7 Common Causes of Chronic Dry Eyes

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I love autumn, but this year, I experienced something along with the changing leaves—my eyes, they burn. I’ve never suffered from allergies in the past, but suddenly my eyes are dry, red, itchy, and burning all at once. Sure, I have a computer job that keeps me staring at a screen all day long, but studies show that we can develop dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), which interferes with the natural lubrication of the eyes, due to several underlying health issues…

1. You Have an Autoimmune Disorder

Studies show that chronic dry eye can be a symptom of several autoimmune disorders—such as scleroderma, lupus, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Grave’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

For example, research from Michigan University’s Kellog Eye Center, report that Grave’s disease is a type of thyroid disorder that can impact the muscles and tissues around the eye, including the tear ducts, resulting in decreased tear production.

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