What does menopause have to do with your eyes?
The idea of menopause typically brings with it thoughts of mood swings, hot flashes, and weight gain. Considering these enormous effects of hormonal changes, women may not consider how menopause, or the preceding condition of peri-menopause, may affect their eyes. One of the problems that may occur as a result of wildly fluctuating hormones is dry eye disease. Fortunately, there are ways to manage this condition without complicated measures.
Tips to manage eye health during menopause
- Hydrate your body; your eyes will thank you. Dehydration is a prevalent condition today. Even when you’re drinking your recommended 8 glasses of water, you may struggle to maintain the level of hydration that your skin, organs, and eyes need. Ensure you’re drinking, and limit caffeine intake if you struggle with dry eyes, because caffeine is counterproductive to all that water you’re drinking.
- Blinking naturally. Of course you blink naturally, without thinking about it. On the flip side, you also naturally go longer stretches without blinking when you are reading or staring at a computer screen. During times of intense focus, be more mindful of blinking frequently. Take short breaks to look away from your monitor, and just close your eyes for a few seconds.
- Eat well. Research has demonstrated the positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids and eye health. If you are not a fan of fish, take a supplement that is high in the vital nutrients your eyes need to stay lubricated and functional. Nuts are also a good source to consider!
- Maintain your environment. Dry climate conditions work against you. Keep a humidifier in your office or home to add moisture to the air. Also, be sure to limit exposure to pollutants and allergens by changing your home’s air filter regularly.
- Supplement as needed. Often, dry eye is a temporary condition that may be alleviated with the use of lubricated eye drops. Talk with your eye doctor about the appropriate product for your needs. Depending on the severity of discomfort, you may need a gel formula rather than the standard saline drops.
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