How Do Hormones Impact Your Eye Health?

Vision Health

How Do Hormones Impact Your Eye Health?

Hormones play an important role in every woman’s eye health, especially women with diabetes. In fact, it is not uncommon for women to experience changes in their vision while using oral contraceptives, during pregnancy or menopause.


Hormonal fluctuations may cause physiological and visual changes in the eyes. The most frequent eye complaint is dry eyes.  The symptoms include dryness, grittiness, irritation, burning and sometimes even excessive watering or tearing. Some women may report increased discomfort and lower tolerance of contact lenses. In this instance, I recommend reducing their contact lens wearing time and updating eyeglass prescriptions as needed. I also recommend many over the counter and natural supplements that help with lubrication such as Omega-3's and often prescribe Restasis.


During the last trimester of pregnancy, some women may notice a slight change in prescription. Don’t be alarmed, these changes often times go back to normal soon after giving birth.


Thyroid eye disease is also present when there is a dysfunction of the thyroid gland. Over productions of hormones from the thyroid can result in Graves Disease.  Symptoms include protrusion of the eyes, redness of eyes, double vision, dryness and inability to close eyes completely.


It is important to see your eye doctor yearly to discuss any eye changes you may experience and/or any concerns you have about your vision.


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