Many women complain of dry, itchy eyes and blurred vision as well as light sensitivity and increased tearing during menopause. Dry air, air-conditioning, pollution and pollen can also be culprits at this time of year. However, this condition is very common after menopause and unfortunately hormone therapy (HT) doesn’t help.
Here are some ways, suggested by menopause expert, Nicole Jaff, to keep your eyes in great condition.
Use eye drops
As we transition into perimenopause we need to use eye drops that have the same composition as natural tears at least six times a day or as often as every hour. Keep these natural tears with you during the day. Many of us sleep with our eyes slightly open too and this can cause the surface to become dryer so it’s also a good idea to have some next to your bed.
Wear a hat and glasses
Bright sunlight and exposure to UV light can increase the risk of tissue growths on our eyes cataract development and macular degeneration. It’s vital to protect our eyes from further degeneration so always remember to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Choose your sunglasses carefully- those that wrap around or have a wide arm, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side are best. Make sure they block at least 95% of the UVA and UVB rays. Remember clouds can be misleading as the sun’s rays can pass through them.
Moisten the air around you
Use a humidifier if you spend time in an air-conditioned environment and drink lots of water because dehydration can draw fluid from your eyes. Also try not to rub your eyes as this can disturb your tear film, remove moisture and introduce bacteria.
Eat (good) oily foods
Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, either by eating several servings of oily fish, like salmon and tuna, weekly, or taking supplements. Eat lots of brightly coloured fruit, nuts and dark leafy green vegetables like spinach daily. These contain a powerful antioxidant called lutein which is thought to be important for eye health.
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