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Dry Eyes in Menopause

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Dry Eyes in MenopauseIt’s true: hormones (or lack thereof) can play a part in our eye health. This is why some women experience seemingly unquenchable dry eyes during menopause. It could be that your inner eyelids are no longer producing enough moisture. Or maybe stress, insomnia, hot flashes or other menopause symptoms are keeping you from getting enough rest. Maybe it is the result of hormone imbalance. Whatever the cause is, there are ways to help restore moisture back to your eyes.

What should I watch for?

Mild symptoms may include temporary itchiness, redness, or a general tired feeling. These symptoms are usually fixed by catching up on some ZZZs, shielding yourself from smoke, wind, or other irritants, or giving your eyes a break from corrective lenses.

Other symptoms, however, need extra, professional attention:
  • Persistent itchiness
  • Gritty/scratchy feeling
  • Excessive tearing
  • Extra sensitivity to light
  • Blurriness
  • Stringy mucus
If you are experiencing any of these, you might want to seek out professional treatment. Even if you symptoms are mild, however, it is still a good idea to seek treatment to prevent further complications that could arise if dry eyes go untreated. Excessive rubbing or scratching can risk damage to the cornea, and excessive dryness puts you at risk for bacterial infections or ulcers. Ick!

What can I do?

Fortunately, there are many ways to help alleviate the discomfort of dry eyes, and in many cases, it doesn’t involve a doctor visit. Try these first:
  • Avoid smoke, dust, wind and other irritants as much as possible.
  • Be sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fatty acids.
  • Be kind to your eyes! Sometimes your eyes need a break from computers, books, and even corrective lenses. Take time each day to give your eyes a little R&R.
  • Try some over-the-counter drops or artificial tears. These can work wonders and are easy to carry on the go!
  • Use a humidifier at home or in the office.
If symptoms persist, you might talk to your doctor about HRT, starting it or changing the dosage. You might also explore your medications or health conditions that could be contributing to the problem.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

05-22-2017 - 02:59 PM


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