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Why Women Experience Dry Eyes During Menopause?

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By Jerry Hall

While 62 percent of older women experience dry eye, only 16 percent know it's linked to menopause, a new survey shows. The prevalence of dry eye is very high, and growing, dry eye impacts the quality of life, as well as the physical health, of 10 million Americans each year.

Menopause occurs in all women. It can occur when the ovaries spontaneously fail to produce the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, when the ovaries fail due to specific treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or when the ovaries are removed, often at the time of a hysterectomy.

The survey, which was released Thursday and sponsored by the Society for Women's Health Research, polled 304 menopausal and perimenopausal women about dry eye. Of those women who had experienced dry eye, only 59 percent had spoken to their doctor about the condition, the survey found. When it came to treatment for dry eye, 58 percent had tried over the counter eye drops to ease their symptoms.

Approximately 3.2 million American women over the age of 50 are affected by chronic dry eye. For many women, dry eye is related to the change in hormone levels of menopause.

Since risk of dry eye increases with age, the number of people affected will increase as the population ages. Many more women suffer from dry eye than men. In fact, dry eye is about two to three times more common in women.

Dry eye results from insufficient tear production, excessive tear evaporation, or from the production of toxic tears, which can be caused by inflammation. The condition can be a mild, episodic feeling of discomfort associated with exposure to dry, hot or windy environments. But it can also be a chronic condition that can lead to increased risk of infection or visual impairment. Chronic dry eye can impact the quality of life, interfering with reading, work, using a computer and night driving.

Dry eye is a part of the aging process for all of us,’ said Dr. Laurie Barber, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. ‘Dry eye is a complex and progressive disorder that has many possible causes and contributing factors.’

These factors include medications and diseases patients may have, including autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Symptoms may include irritation, burning, stinging, discomfort, grittiness, foreign body sensation, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, Barber said. If not treated, persistent visual problems may haunt the patient and decrease the ability to complete daily activities.

Treatments for dry eye are based not only on disease, but also on the cause of the disease. There are three main treatment options artificial tears, prescription therapies and surgery. One of the latest therapies is a prescription that increases tear production in patients with dry eye resulting from inflammation, Barber said.

Premature or early menopause may follow surgery such as hysterectomy when the ovaries may be removed along with the womb, or may occur early even if the ovaries are left in place at the time of hysterectomy. Other causes of early or premature menopause include chromosomal disorders such as Turner's syndrome and Down's syndrome, autoimmune disorder (when antibodies which work against the ovaries are produced), and chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Some drugs may stop the ovaries functioning early but usually ovarian function resumes when the drug is stopped. Often there is no obvious cause of premature or early menopause.

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