Menopause & Eye Health

Did you know that dry eyes are a common symptom of menopause? In fact, about 61% of women experience dry eyes as a perimenopausal and menopausal symptom.

Though not often discussed openly, menopause is a very normal and natural part of aging. The experience is different for every woman and is known to have an impact on vision health. As part of Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month, we’ve compiled some common ways the eyes might be impacted during menopause.

Dry Eyes

Hormone changes are a major part of menopause. When it comes to the eyes, the androgen hormone decreases which impacts glands in the eyelids. This can lead to dry and irritated eyes. Symptoms include itchy, red eyes, excessive tearing and blurred vision.

Change In Visual Acuity and Eye Shape

During menopause, it’s possible that your eyesight will change, requiring a change in vision correction. Your eye shape may change as well. If you wear contact lenses, they might feel less comfortable. If you find that your contact lenses aren’t as comfortable as when prescribed, be sure to communicate any changes with your eye care provider to ensure a proper fit.

Risk for Eye Disease

As you get older, your eyes become more susceptible to eye disease. For example, vision problems like cataracts and glaucoma are more prevalent with age. In order to manage eye health, it’s important to have yearly vision care exams. Doing so will help to detect and manage any problems that may arise with age.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.