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Don't Cry Over Dry Eye

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Marguerite McDonald MD, FAAO - Director, Corneal Services and Ocular Disease Research, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, NY, and Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, join the Balancing Act to discuss dry eye and menopause. Dry eye is an affliction not normally associated with menopause, but many women suffer the itchiness and inflammation of the eyes as a result of hormone changes in the body. Karpecki details exactly how hormonal imbalances affect tear production during menopause, resulting in dry eye disease. Also, solutions are mentioned to help women to control dry eye.

Don't Cry Over Dry Eye

Mood swings and hot flashes are the usual symptoms associated with menopause -but did you know that many women suffer from Dry Eye as a result of hormone changes in the body?

If you experience red, itchy, or swollen eyes, these could be the symptoms of chronic dry eye disease, a condition where the eye does not produce the right quantity or quality of tears.

Here are some eye-opening facts about menopause and Dry Eye:

? One in twelve women over the age of fifty in the US suffer from chronic dry eye.
? 75% of postmenopausal women have eye irritation.
? The internal balance of hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone affect tear production. When they are out of balance, dry eye can be the result.
? There is a correlation between the production of tears and sex hormones.
? Our eyes, like every other part of our bodies, is subject to the wear and tear of aging.
? In women, when the sex hormone balance shifts away from child bearing years, you get hot flashes, emotional ups and downs, and very possibly, dry eye.
? The degree to which your hormones affect your eye health depends largely on your individual genetics and lifestyle. Studies have linked androgen (testosterone) and estrogen receptors on the cornea of the eye and on the meibomian gland
? The more testosterone you have, the fewer tears you produce. An increase in estrogen-more tear production. This equation reverses during menopause-more testosterone means more tears and estrogen means less tears-your hormones play a significant part in eye lubrication: the production of tears.

Dry Eye can get worse over time, when localized immune responses release inflammatory substances which make your eyes more red and irritated.

FOCUS Laboratories offers relief with their effective and affordable eye health products FreshKote® which completely wets the ocular surface, even the hydrophobic areas, and TOZAL®, a patented blend of micronutrients and antioxidants. Not just for menopausal women, FreshKote® works for those who have undergone refractive surgery - like Lasik - and for the10 Million Americans who suffer from Dry Eye, including over a million men.

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