In addition to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which is the leading cause of dry eye syndrome, the following also can be causes of your dry eyes:

*  The natural aging process. Surprise!

*  Menopause

*  Side effects of drugs such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and diuretics.

*  Disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease can affect your ability to make tears.

*  Decreased blinking due to computer and smart phone use.

*  Caffeine

*  Irritants and exposure to dry, windy conditions

*  Wearing contact lenses

*  Lasik

*  Smoking

Genetics may also play in the functioning of the Meibomian (oil) glands.  A thorough discussion and medical evaluation by your eye doctor will help identify the complicating factors in your dry eye condition and appropriate treatment.