TABLE 1 Causes of Dry Eyes

Bacterial and viral infections of the eye (blepharitis, meibomitis, conjunctivitis)

Excessive blinking

The use of anticholinergic eye drops

The use of systemic anticholinergic medication

Allergic response to preservatives in eye drops

Excessive computer use

Cosmetic eyelid surgery

Corneal surgery

Menopause

Foreign body sensation

Anxiety/depression/stress

Contact lens wear

Dehydration

Congenitally missing lacrimal glands

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