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Unread 11-07-2001, 05:48 AM
Article about estrogen and vision problems


Did anyone hear on the radio about the study about vision problems for women taking only estrogen long-term when post-menopausal? I went to see the ophthalmologist last week because I was seeing spots and flashes. Although I was already at risk for retina problems because of my severe near-sightedness, I wouldn't be surprised if there were a link. It just seems like this hysterectomy is ony big problem after another...

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Unread 11-07-2001, 07:18 AM
Article about estrogen and vision problems

Didn't hear about the study on the radio, however, in one of the current books I've been reading about HRT, visual disturbances was mentioned in regard to estrogen.
I tried to find the specific book, but was unsuccessful. It was possibly in What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Menopause by John R. Lee, MD or Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Uzzi Reiss, MD. Both good reading. You may also find that your eyes will seem very dry and have to use an eye lubricant. I also have seen the opthamologist and he seems to feel some of the new problems are hormone (lack-of) related. TAH/BSO on 10-20-
00. I wish you much luck. LOL
Unread 11-07-2001, 08:31 AM
Article about estrogen and vision problems

Estrogen is known to alter the curvature of the cornea due to some slight swelling (edema), hence it quite often results in problems for contact lens wearers (the lenses then don't fit well anymore). It is possible that people who don't wear contacts also notice that their vision changes slightly because of the corneal edema.

Another way any hormone may indirectly impact vision is by alteration of the blood lipids, blood clotting or vessel walls, and as such on the quality of blood supply to the retina. That could be very serious and needs immediate checking out by an ophthalmologist.

Another is by causing migraines (they often are preceded by visual disturbances like bright lights, shimmering, flashes, or temporary loss of vision in a part of the visual field), or 'optical migraines'; these are migraine attacks with the visual disturbances but without the headache. If migraines occur for the first time after taking estrogen containing medication (or any other medication) it is vital to consult a doctor about that.

There are estrogen receptors within the eye; see for example this article: "Estrogen receptor in the human eye: influence of gender and age on gene expression." by Ogueta SB, Schwartz SD, Yama****a CK, Farber DB. in Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1999 Aug;40(9):1906-11. A quote from the abstract: "Many epidemiologic studies indicate an increased incidence of certain vision threatening conditions in postmenopausal women. These data suggest that changes in sex steroid homeostasis may affect the physiology of the eye." Another quote: "Hormone replacement therapies have been associated with a _decreased_ incidence of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma, AMD, and cataract, further suggesting a central role for estrogens in ocular physiology" (please email me if you are interested in the full text of the article - it is tough technical reading though).

- Jenny
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Unread 01-30-2013, 02:54 AM
Re: Article about estrogen and vision problems

I know i am replying to an old posting but i have been doing some research on vision problems and oestrogen levels. I thought it might be helpful to share my experience as in 2012 i experienced serious visual pribems with my retina in both eyes (serous retinal detachments and uveitis ) and have been receiving treatment since then . My opthamologist suspects an autoimmune link as the root cause . Interestingly at the very same time my vision problems emerged, i experenced problems with my menstrual cycle(first time ever) and also problems with fibroids/endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Having never any other health problems my doctor suspects there is an indirect link between my hormone levels and visual disturbances. I have just undergone a TAH,which needed to be done whatever ,but it will be interesting to see the impact, if anything, on my vision.

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