How can hormonal changes and menopause impact dry eye?
Specific hormones play an important role in the development of dry eye in women of menopausal or post-menopausal age, due to their influence on the production of various components of tears. Survey results from women of menopausal or post-menopausal age showed there is a lack of understanding about their risk of dry eye.
- 3 in 4 (75%) women of menopausal or post-menopausal age surveyed weren’t aware they were most at risk of dry eye.
- More than 2 in 5 (42%) women of menopausal or post-menopausal age didn’t know what groups are most at risk of suffering from dry eye, despite being the most at risk themselves.
Mr Sai Kolli, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Dry eye in people with glaucoma is common. In fact, studies suggest that 50-60% of people who are being treated for glaucoma also have dry eye.
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Ms Laura Crawley, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Glaucoma Specialist
Sjögren’s is a condition that usually affects areas of the body that produce fluids, such as tears and saliva. But other parts of the body, such as nerves and joints, can also be affected. As a result of this disruption, certain glands stop working, leading to dry eyes and other bodily dryness, including dryness of the mouth and skin.
There are two main thyroid disorders: Graves’ disease, which causes the thyroid to make too many hormones, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which causes low levels of hormones. Dry eye is most common in those with Graves’ disease but all patients with thyroid disorders can experience issues due to reduced moisture in the eye.
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