5 Things You Need to Know About Menopause & Dry Eye
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition that can have many different causes.
It can be moderate to severe, and can flare up due to environmental conditions and lifestyle.
Dry Eye symptoms include:
- Itchy eyes
- Sore eyes
- Gritty eyes
- Red eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sensitive to light
- Eyes more watery than normal
- Tears drying up (tear evaporation)
- Decreased tear production.
Why are women over 50 more likely to suffer from chronic dry eyes?
Perimenopausal, Menopausal and Postmenopausal women are particularly prone to dry eyes, because sex hormones such as androgens affect tear production.
What other things can make Dry Eye worse?
Dry Eye Syndrome can have many different causes. When they overlap with each other, patients can experience painful flare-ups. Here are some of the factors other than menopause that can trigger Dry Eye symptoms:
Night time Dry Eye affects many people, as your body’s metabolism slows at night, so fewer tears are produced.
For people that already suffer from chronic dry eyes, this can result in irritating symptoms during the night because they already deal with problems to do with the quality and quantity of tear production.
Staring at screens reduces our blink rate, causing our eyes to dry out. Chronically dry, itchy eyes are one of the key symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, which between 50-90% of people who work at a computer screen suffer from.
Top tips for dealing with dry eyes during Menopause:
- Eat well and stay hydrated.
- Use a humidifier to prevent dry eyes.
- Cut down on smoking and drinking.
- Take regular breaks from staring at screens
Taking regular breaks to rest your eyes from digital screens can prevent Computer Vision Syndrome. One technique that can help is the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. [“ref link=https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-screen-use” ] Wheeler, Regina Boyle. ‘Dry Eye and Screen Use’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed April 2022. [/ref]
- Follow a three-step treatment plan
A three-step treatment plan is a great way to effectively manage your Dry Eye.
Step 1: If you are suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye, or Meibomian Gland Disorder, a heated compress, such as Meibopatch ®, to unblock your meibomian glands and relieve your eyes.
Step 3: Is to incorporate an effective lubricant such as any drop from the VISUFamily range. Depending on your condition, you can choose an eye drop that will help ease your symptoms.
In most cases, the best way to treat dry eyes, Also known as dry eye syndrome, is to use eye gel or eye drops.
VisuXL Gel® is a preservative-free smart gel lubricant for dry eye syndrome. It provides comfort in a bottle with it’s long-lasting lubrication properties giving 12-hour dosing with just one drop and is suitable for both day and night use.
VisuXL® is a preservative-free eye drop lubricant for dry eye syndrome. Due to its unique ingredients, VisuXL® will help you recover from eye surgery, an injury or persistent damaging dry eye.
VisuEvo® is a preservative-free eye drop that prevents excessive evaporation of the tear film. Its unique formula contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A and D and ultra-filtered phospholipids that facilitate tear film presentation and control evaporation.
All three products are contact lens-friendly and can be used for 180 days after opening.