Dry Eye after Menopause
West Orange, New Jersey – Dry Eye Disease is a common eye condition. Dr. Schlussel and Dr. Ramsarat are dry eye specialists, and these optometrists know first hand how irritating it can be to suffer from dry eyes.
Studies show that nearly 20% of North Americans middle-aged and older suffer from dry eye disease. The probability of you developing dry eye if you are a woman, and older than 50, increases. Hormonal changes that older women undergo make it much more likely that they will suffer from dry eye as they age, including symptoms such as blurry vision and irritation of the eyes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
What are the biological changes that happen during menopause which affect your eyes? The tear film in the eyes relies on certain chemical signals to remain stable, and these signals get disrupted during and after menopause. Some doctors believe that androgen, a hormone implicated in menopause, may be the culprit causing dry eye problems for menopausal women. Eyes may become inflamed, which leads to decreased tear production, and possibly dry eye disease. Add in a dry environment and many medications and the risk factors for menopausal women increases exponentially.
Treatments for Dry Eye in Menopausal Women
Dry eye treatment provided on a case by case basis and takes into account the severity and what may be causing the dry eyes. Estrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is sometimes used to treat menopausal symptoms, as the female hormone estrogen is one of the hormones that decrease during and after menopause. However, studies have shown that this treatment does not relieve symptoms of dry eye. The good news is there are several ways to treat dry eyes, like lubricating eye drops. Here’s our page about dry eye treatments.