Hot flushes and night sweats are well-known symptoms of the menopause.
However, opticians are warning that women’s eyes can also be affected as hormonal changes can cause dry eyes and a higher risk of infection. Even the shape of the eye can be altered.
Charlotte Cook, an optometrist at the Bayfields Opticians chain, said: ‘Some women report certain changes to their eyes around the time of the menopause.
‘These can include dry eyes, which can feel uncomfortable but also impact the quality of vision, or a tendency for the eyes to be more prone to watering.
‘Eyes can also change shape as women age and their hormones change. This can cause problems for women who wear contact lenses so it can be a good idea to have their eyes checked.’
Opticians are warning that women’s eyes can also be affected by the menopause as hormonal changes can cause dry eyes and a higher risk of infection (file image)
She added: ‘Eyes that feel tired or strained can be another common complaint and this can cause effects such as headaches or tension around the neck and shoulders.
‘Studies have shown that the shape of the cornea [the clear window on the front of your eye] can steepen slightly, which can change your prescription.’
Badrul Hussain, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, east London, said: ‘Hormonal changes can affect the meibomian glands, which produce oils to help the eye protect and lubricate itself with tears.’ This can cause dry eye and a higher risk of infection, he added.