Menopause and Vision

During menopause, hormonal changes in the body can impact various aspects of health, including vision. Some common vision-related symptoms experienced during menopause include:

Here at John Rose Eye Care, we have always been aware of how debilitating Dry Eye can be for so many and in particular peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. We have been offering treatment for this multifactorial problem for many years and have now introduced gold standard Lumenis Optilight and Espansione IPL combined treatment, along with many other options that may be suitable for you and convenient for your lifestyle.

  1. Dry eyes: Reduced tear production can lead to dryness, irritation, and general discomfort in the eyes.

  2. Blurry vision: Fluctuations in hormone levels can cause changes in the shape and thickness of the cornea, leading to temporary blurriness or changes in vision.

  3. Eye fatigue: Hormonal fluctuations and dry eyes can contribute to increased eye strain and fatigue, especially during prolonged visual tasks like reading or using digital devices.

  4. Sensitivity to light: Some women may experience heightened sensitivity to light, making it uncomfortable to be in bright environments.
    To improve the quality of life and manage these symptoms during menopause, the following steps can be taken:

  5. Regular eye exams: Schedule regular eye exams with an optometrist to monitor any changes in your vision and ensure early detection and treatment of any eye conditions.

  6. Use lubricating eye drops: we sell high quality, additive-free eye drops that can help alleviate dryness and provide relief from dry eye symptoms book a dry eye assessment here we determine the most suitable eye drops or treatment options for your specific needs.

  7. Manage screen time: Take regular breaks when working on digital devices or reading for extended periods to reduce eye strain and fatigue. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

  8. Wear sunglasses: Protect your eyes from harsh sunlight by wearing sunglasses that provide UV protection. This can help reduce sensitivity to light and prevent potential damage caused by UV radiation if you book an eye exam you will automatically have a Sunsafe MPI assessment and be given report

  9. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants can support overall eye health. Speak to us about the supplements we would recommend like Macushield – you can buy in practice or order for home shipping. Stay hydrated and consider including foods like fish, leafy greens, and fruits in your diet. Regular exercise and sufficient sleep are also essential for overall well-being, including eye health.

  10. Discuss hormone therapy options: If menopausal symptoms, including vision-related issues, significantly affect your quality of life, consult with your healthcare provider to explore hormone therapy options. Hormone replacement therapy may help manage certain symptoms, including those affecting vision.
    Remember, it’s important to consult with an eye care professional and your healthcare provider to address any specific concerns or symptoms you may have during menopause. They can provide personalized advice and recommendations based on your individual needs. Here at John Rose Eye Care – we are constantly striving to ensure you are offered the very best treatment whatever your condition – don’t suffer visual distress during menopause – book your dry eye assessment today.