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What’s the Link Between Dry Eye and Menopause?

Dry Eye and Menopause 640Around 61% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are affected by dry eye syndrome.

During menopause, the body produces less estrogen, progesterone, and androgen, causing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as sweating, insomnia, and hot flashes.

Among these physical symptoms is dry eyes, characterized by dry, itchy and burning eyes.

If you’re experiencing dry eyes, contact Rosen Optometry Inc. today for effective and lasting dry eye treatment.

Biological Changes That Affect Your Eyes

During menopause, the androgen hormone decreases, affecting the meibomian and lacrimal glands in the eyelids. The meibomian glands produce the essential oils for the tears, so the reduction in oil results in increased tear evaporation and drier eyes.

When these fluid and oil-producing glands are affected, the eyelids can become inflamed, reducing tear quality and production, resulting in dry eye syndrome.

Some researchers believe that dry eye is connected to changes in estrogen levels. This explains why many women experience dry eye symptoms during certain times of a woman’s monthly cycle, or while taking birth control pills.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome

  • Red eyes
  • Burning in the eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes
  • The feeling something is caught in your eye. Excessive tearing

How Is Hormone-Related Dry Eye Treated?

Because reduced hormones during and after menopause can cause meibomian gland dysfunction, treatment should be focused on reducing dry eye symptoms.

Dry eye treatments can include:

  • Artificial tears
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Eyelid hygiene
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid eye drops
  • Medications that reduce eyelid inflammation
  • Punctal plugs – to reduce tear flow away from the eyes

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Lawrence Ernst

Q: Are there home remedies to treat dry eye syndrome?

  • A: Yes. Here are a few things you can do at home to reduce dry eye symptoms.

    Limit your screen time. People who work at a computer all day blink less, which harms the tear film. Remember to take frequent breaks and to blink.
    Protect your eyes. Sunglasses that wrap around your face can block dry air and wind.
    Avoid triggers. Irritants like pollen and smoke can make your symptoms more severe.
    Try a humidifier. Keeping the air around you moist may help.
    Eat right. A diet rich in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids can encourage healthy tear production.
    Warm Compress. A warm compress will improve oil flow through your eyelid glands and clean your eyelids.

Q:Can dry eye syndrome damage your eyes?

  • A: Yes. Without sufficient tears, your eyes are not protected from the outside world, leading to an increased risk of eye infections. Severe dry eye syndrome can lead to abrasions or inflammation on the cornea, the front surface of the eye. This can cause pain, a corneal ulcer, and long-lasting vision problems.

    Menopause causes many changes throughout your body. If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms due to hormonal changes, contact Rosen Optometry Inc. to find out what dry eye treatments are available to give your eyes relief.

Rosen Optometry Inc. serves patients from St. Louis, Byrnes Mill, Cedar Hill, and Imperial, all throughout Missouri.

Request A Dry Eye Appointment
Do You Think You Have Dry Eye? Call 314-310-2116

The Dangers of Screen Time

man working on the computer 6402020 was not a great year for our eyes, and 2021 is not shaping up to be much better. Besides the increased dangers of myopia to children nationwide because of their screen time for school and entertainment, the COVID-19 “new normal” has also led to an increased risk of Dry Eye Syndrome to both children and adults.

Blinking is vital to a healthy tear film which coats the eyes with moisture. When watching a computer, television, or cell phone screen, we tend to blink less, and experience symptoms of Dry Eyes as a result. These symptoms can include:

  • a feeling of dryness
  • can also ironically include watery eyes
  • feelings of itchiness and irritation
  • and/or red eyes

More adults than ever are working at home, replacing their face-to-face coworker interactions with screen time. A typical work day may now consist of 8-9 hours or more of staring at a computer screen! Meanwhile, our children are learning remotely either part- or full-time, and are spending more time in front of a screen than ever before. Adults and children are now at a much higher risk of Dry Eye Syndrome.

However, there are other potential contributing factors to Dry Eyes. our optometric team at Rosen Optometry Inc. offers the latest in diagnostic tools to determine what is causing your Dry Eye symptoms. Once that is determined, our wide range of Dry Eye treatments can be utilized to make your eyes as healthy and as comfortable as possible.

We serve patients from St. Louis, Byrnes Mill, Cedar Hill, Imperial, and throughout Missouri. Call us today to schedule a Dry Eye consultation.

Request A Dry Eye Appointment
Do You Think You Have Dry Eye? Call 314-310-2116