Waking up with dry eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose waking up with dry eyes, we could:
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How often do you wake up with dry eyes? Do not include dry eyes that are caused by sleeping with your eyes open or partially open (a condition known as Nocturnal Lagophthalmos).
Possible responses:→ Never / almost never / don't know
→ I sleep with my eyes (partially) open
→ Occasionally - once a month or less
→ Regularly - a few times a month
→ Usually or always
As people age, the body produces lower levels of various substances, including tears.