When we think of menopause, we typically think of hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. But it may be come as a surprise to learn that dry eyes are another symptom for many women 50 years or older, and as with most menopause symptoms, hormones are generally to blame. If you have burning, dry or gritty-feeling eyes, there is relief in sight, and it doesn’t have to be with invasive medical treatment.
Here are some remedies to try to make your eyes feel as comfortable as possible:
Drink water – and plenty of it. If you’re dehydrated, your body will take fluid from your eyes first and foremost. To combat dry eye syndrome and maintain good eye health, staying hydrated is an excellent line of defense.
Don’t forget to blink. While this may sound silly, being aware of how often you blink can have a big impact on your eyes. Whether you’re at your computer, driving in the car or reading, remember to blink regularly. Enough said.
Eat right. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids can effectively treat dry eyes. Eating cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel is a good way to help keep your eyes lubricated. If you’re not a fan of fish, nuts like pistachios, walnuts and almonds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. If nuts aren’t your favorite, you can always take omega-3 fatty acids supplements instead.
Control your environment. If you live in a dry climate, your home may be contributing to your dry eyes. Try a humidifier to help bring in more moisture. It can also be helpful to regularly change the filter in your air conditioner to prevent allergens and pollutants from contributing to your dry eyes. When it’s windy outside, it’s a good idea to wear glasses to help shield your eyes.
Eye drops. Women with dry eye problems may find relief with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. Tear substitutes are a quick-acting solution. You can also try gel drops. Your doctor can help you decide which eye drops will be most effective for you.
Contact Dr. Stefano To Learn More About Your Eye HealthFor more information regarding treatment for dry eye syndrome, contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, and you can reach us directly at (540) 722-6200. We look forward to hearing from you!
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