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People who take prescription medications to lower their blood pressure and treat certain heart conditions, can also suffer from dry eye. Beta blockers, for example, slow heart rate, reduce the force of heart muscle contractions and lessen blood vessel contraction. But these drugs are thought to decrease sensitivity of the cornea, the transparent window of the eye. When that happens, it can dampen the stimulus for tear glands to release tears, Dr. Maskin explains. Diuretics, also known as water pills, are another type of blood pressure-lowering medicine that work by encouraging the body to excrete more urine. Drugs like Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide) and Lasix (furosemide) flush excess water out of the body—and the eyes.