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Who is most at risk for dry eyes?

Aging increases your risk for dry eyes, as does being a woman. The condition usually affects people who are 50 or older and is common among those 65 or older. Women, particularly women who have gone through menopause, are more susceptible to dry eyes than men. Other factors that can increase your risk for dry eyes include taking certain medications, long-term use of contact lenses, certain medical conditions, LASIK surgery, and exposure to environmental conditions that irritate the surface of the eye. If you live at high altitude or in an arid environment, you also have a better chance of being affected by dry eyes, no matter your age.

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