Depression and chronic pain are associated with dry-eye syndrome, a British study finds. And it's more likely as you age. Boris Lyubner/Illustration Works/Corbis hide caption itoggle caption Boris Lyubner/Illustration Works/Corbis Shots - Health News Dry, Scratchy Eyes? Staring At Screens Is Driving This Trend September 4, 2014 It used to be that dry-eye syndrome was considered a problem for middle-aged women. But with all those screens we're staring at, that nasty sandy feeling is becoming much more common.