What medical conditions cause dry eyes?
Medical conditions.People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problems are more likely to have symptoms of dry eyes. Also, problems with inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), inflammation of the surfaces of the eye, or the inward or outward turning of eyelids can cause dry eyes to develop.
What autoimmune disease causes dry eyes?
Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth. The condition often accompanies other immune system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
What autoimmune diseases affect your eyes?
There are many autoimmune disorders that affect the eye, including:
- Behcet disease. This rare autoimmune disorder is a leading cause of blindness in some developing countries.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Reiter’s syndrome.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Sjogren’s Syndrome.
- Thyroid diseases.
Is it dangerous to have dry eyes?
Aside from being uncomfortable and annoying, dry-eye syndrome can also permanently harm your vision. When left untreated, dry eye can cause light sensitivity and blurred vision. Furthermore, under lubricated eyes are more susceptible to scratches or infection.