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Dry, tired or irritated eyes and menopause

The menopause can cause you to have dry, irritated or tired eyes


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  • Shelley Summers's photo avatar
    Shelley Summers — 21.01.2018 22:24
    Not sure whether to take HRT


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      eileen — 24.01.2018 11:46
      Hi Shelley We usually suggest that if your symptoms are reasonably manageable or can be helped with supplements, herbs etc then HRT shouldn't be needed. This can be better for you in the long run as you would then avoid possible withdrawal symptoms when you finally stop taking it. However, if your symptoms are affecting your daily life and natural remedies are not helping you then it is best to discuss taking it with your doctor to see if it would be appropriate for you.


  • Kay King's photo avatar
    Kay King — 12.12.2017 20:49
    I am suffering terribly with dry, sore eyes all the time, with no relief with eye drops. I work in air conditioning so there's no escape from it and my eyes are so sensitive to light, driving at night this time of year is a nightmare. I have also been suffering from extreme fatigue which leaves me constantly tired no matter how much sleep I have. I sleep a lot!! Help!!


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      Eileen — 13.12.2017 15:51
      Hello Kay, Have you been to the doctors and optician about these symptoms? You could email directly if you wish in the dialogue box on this page.


  • Allison 's photo avatar
    Allison — 01.11.2017 10:16
    Hi there. I have started to get terribly achy eyes for most of the day, starting from the minute I wake up. I also have developed strange heart palpitations whereby it feels as if I can't breathe. I also sometimes get sharp pains in my breasts, but a recent mammogram was completely clear, thank God. I am 50 years old, and suspect this is the start of menopause? Please comment. Thank you!


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      EILEEN — 02.11.2017 15:33
      Hi Allison it is a good idea to get your eyes tested as the hormonal changes can affect them in various ways. Just remember to tell the optician that you are approaching the menopause. Palpitations are surprisingly common in the menopause. Falling hormones can stress the nervous system making it much more sensitive and reactive to both physical and emotional stress and this can then trigger palpitations at any time. It is also known that falling oestrogen can affect the 'electrical system' of the heart which can cause rapid heartbeat or it can feel as if you miss a heart beat every so often. There are several things that may help here. If you do feel stressed or anxious then one of the stress remedies such as Passiflora Complex or Avena sativa may help. I would also suggest a magnesium supplement and a vitamin B Complex to help support and calm the nervous system. You may also find Menopause Support helpful, this is traditionally used to help gently raise and balance oestrogen thus reducing symptoms - it also contains magnesium as well. Dehydration and low blood sugar levels can also be a big factor so make sure that you are drinking plenty of plain water throughout the day and don't go more than a few hours without eating something. Caffeine, high salt and sugar foods, fizzy drinks and fruit juices can trigger palpitations so best avoided. However, it is important to get this checked out by your doctor as well just in case it is unrelated to the menopause.


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