Eye Health In Menopause

Around 60% of menopausal women experience problems with their eyes, including dryness, itchiness and irritation. Although eye problems are not usually serious, they can have an effect on your day to day life, especially if they start to interfere with your vision.

Eye problems in menopause are linked to reduced moisture in the mucous membranes, which occurs as a result of decreased oestrogen levels in the body. Oestrogen plays an important part in regulating fluid levels and when levels decrease, this can result in dryness in the membranes; it is also believed that the formation of tears alters in menopause and this results in the tears becoming less watery. Dry eyes can also be caused by environmental conditions, air conditioning and spending hours in front of TV or computer screens.

Tackling eye problems

It's really important to look after your eyes at every stage of life; stay hydrated, give your eyes a rest from bright screens and try to blink regularly; this helps to clean the eyes and prevent dust and other debris getting into the eyes. If you experience changes in your vision, book an eye test as soon as you can.

If you have dry eyes during menopause, your GP may suggest that you try using eye drops to lubricate your eyes and prevent dryness and irritation. In severe cases where other symptoms of menopause are present, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) may be recommended.

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