Menopause is a natural process that affects women between the ages of 45 and 55 on average. Menopause can affect many parts of the body due to hormone changes, and the eyes are no exception. Today, Spectrum Eye Care discusses how menopause may affect your eyes and what type of eye care you may need.
Studies have shown that cataracts (clouding of the lens in the eyes) are more prevalent in postmenopausal women. Cataracts often cause symptoms that occur slowly and painlessly as you age, with the onset of symptoms typically beginning after the age of 60. Symptoms include loss of color intensity (colors look duller than before), glare sensitivity, cloudy vision and difficulty seeing in the dark and night. Eyes that adjust more slowly in the dark can cause problems both physically and mentally, and regular checkups with a trusted optometrist can help.
Change in Eye Shape and Form
The changes in hormone levels can also affect the shape of a woman’s eyes. When this happens, women who regularly use contact lenses may suddenly feel uncomfortable wearing their usual lenses. In this case, scheduling an appointment for replacement contact lenses that conform to the shape of your eyes or getting a new pair of eyeglasses are the best courses of action.
Dry or Watery Eyes
Women going through menopause often report that their eyes are chronically scratchy and dry. These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by blurred vision, higher sensitivity to light and increased tearing. This is caused by dry eye syndrome, which can cause significant discomfort and even pain. Many therapies are available to help relieve the eyes from the effects of dry eye, such as specific eye solutions, gels and polymers that can help restore the proper amount of lubricating tears to your eyes.
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