Many of us think occasional dry eye is a natural part of aging, and so we do nothing about it.
Following menopause, however, our hormone fluctuations can disrupt our eye health. FOF recently spoke with Sean Mulqueeny, O.D. of Mulqueeny Eye Centers in St. Louis, to get the low-down on the relationship between occasional dry eye and menopause.
What happens during menopause that can cause occasional dry eye?
A disruption or imbalance of hormones can lead to increased surface inflammation in all patients older than 50. While increased dryness occurs in both genders past age 50, dry eye is nearly twice as likely to occur in women. A decrease of the hormone androgen can cause your eyes to lose moisture. (more…)