Menopausal women often experience dry eye symptoms stemming from the changing hormonal balances in their bodies.
Unfortunately, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can’t be relied upon to help. In fact, it may increase a woman’s risk of dry eyes and worsen dry eye symptoms.
Women describe and experience dry eye in lots of different ways. Some feel their eyes are irritated, scratchy, dry, or uncomfortable, while others complain of having red eyes, or even blurred vision. Commonly, these symptoms are worse at the end of the day, especially if you’ve spent a lot of time working on the computer.
There are a couple of theories about what causes dry eyes. Some eye care practitioners think it may be due to a decrease in hormones that help with tear production, while others say menopausal women experience a disruption of chemical signals that maintain a healthy tear film. In either case, having dry eyes can have a big effect on your daily activities.
How to overcome this issue? Whatever you do, don’t let dry eye spiral out of control. Treatment for menopausal dry eye may include eye drops, natural herbal supplements, herbal eye mask, warm compresses or a combination of these treatments. They are safe and effective to treat both the root and symptoms of the disease and help you get back on the path to comfortable living.