Vision Therapy in Jefferson City

Dry Eye after Menopause

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Restore Your Eye Comfort and Quality of Life

Menopause, a natural phase in a woman's life, brings many changes, some of which can affect your eye health. As hormonal shifts occur, one common issue many women face during menopause is dry eyes. Understanding the causes and seeking relief becomes essential during this transitional period.

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Menopause and Dry Eyes: Understanding the Causes and Seeking Relief

Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and marks the end of a woman's reproductive years. During this time, the body undergoes significant hormonal changes, primarily decreased estrogen levels. While this hormonal shift is a normal part of aging, it can lead to various uncomfortable symptoms, including dry eyes.


Dry Eyes in Jefferson City

Our optometry practice in Jefferson City

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Hours
  • Monday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife

Why Does Menopause Lead to Dry Eyes?

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Estrogen plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your eye's tear film, which is crucial for keeping your eyes moist and comfortable. As estrogen levels decline, the tear film may become less stable, leading to symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Dry eyes can be more than just an inconvenience. They can significantly impact your daily life, making it difficult to focus on work, enjoy your favorite activities, or socialize.


Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 03, 2024
They have wonderful and patient doctors! My husband and I have both been there and I just saw Dr. He... dgpath at the new location. She took her time with me and listened to how complicated my situation was and even sent out referrals for me. 10/10 recommend!
- Feb. 23, 2024
Overall great experience, all staff was super helpful and great attitude. I would recommend!
- Feb. 22, 2024
I'm very happy with services received from Dr. Hedgpath and confident in her experience. Been going ... to her for years. The staff are also good at helping choose new glasses and making sure they are correctly fitted.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Love Dr. Zahn! He takes his time and explains everything to you. Willing to answer any questions o... r concerns you may have with your eyes. Gives you different options. Staff very nice and helpful. I did wait 45 min in the exam room waiting to see the Dr., but I didn't mind because I like the Dr. and staff that much. So don't be in a hurry.
- Feb. 20, 2024
The entire staff was very nice and knowledgeable in their field.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Dr. Zahn is great! Eye glasses are new to me and I noticed that he takes the time during the exam to... ensure that the prescription prescribed is the right one. I appreciated him breaking down everything for me so I understood.
- Feb. 03, 2024
Dr.Zahn is amazing. He is very knowledgeable and takes his time with patients. Staff is friendly a... nd willing to help you.
- Feb. 02, 2024
A very good experience. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Dr. Zahn and the staff are friendly and professional. The opticians are not pushy and very helpful.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Jamie was very kind and helpful!
- Jan. 28, 2024
Dr. Zahn and his staff are amazing!! I would highly recommend them for any optometry needs! Dr. Zahn... is an incredible doctor. He has one of the most calming and friendly demeanors I’ve ever come across, and he truly cares about his patients. I recently went for ocular migraines and shared my fear that this may be something more. He immediately jumped into action, shared some stories about ocular migraines and how they are diagnosed, tested multiple things, then thoroughly explained why he wasn’t worried. He even went a step further and offered to send me to a specialist even if it was only to give me peace of mind. He always takes the time to answer any questions I have, crack a few jokes, and ensure I leave not worrying about anything! The staff is also incredible! Everyone I’ve encountered has been very friendly and happy to answer any and all questions I have. They also understand budgets and will happily run scenarios through insurance to come up with estimates before you have to decide anything, without making you feel like it’s a hassle. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Zahn and his staff!
- Jan. 01, 2024
Great service, great glasses fast!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Eyes on Missouri has done a wonderful job with my whole family. They make my children comfortable an... d explain things in a way that they understand. They are flexible and helpful from the office staff to the eye doctors. Most recently I brought my kiddo to her appointment to get contacts (she was SO EXCITED) and I got the date off by a month. They were so kind to squeeze her in, eventhough it was my scheduling mistake. They talked her through the process and helped her every step of the way. I would 100% recommend them!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Dr. Zahn was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, took his time with my appointment, answered... all of my questions, and was very laid back. I won't be going to anyone else.
- Dec. 20, 2023
Dr Zahn is such a great easy going quick but accurate and makes it look so effortless. The staff li... ke ms Jamie is so nice and very helpful and makes you feel a little bit of like a ray of sunshine before you exit their building. Totally recommend this place over any other place in the area.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Always great service!
- Nov. 30, 2023
The eye doctors are excellent at doing their job and listening to the patience. The staff is friendl... y professional and always smiling
- Nov. 19, 2023
Always a great experience!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Dr. Zahn was fantastic! Very thorough and easy to talk to about any issues I was having with my eyes... . The staff was inviting as well! I will definitely continue to go to Eyes on Missouri and recommend to any of my friends/ family!
- Nov. 03, 2023
Always a great experience with Dr. Shan! He is professional, courteous, and wicked smart. Always fun... to get my eyes checked bc the conversation always makes me smarter!! Would def recommend for your eyesight needs.

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Symptoms of Dry Eye after Menopause

Dry eye symptoms can vary from person to person. Here are some common symptoms you might experience:

  •  Persistent dryness and discomfort in your eyes.
  • Grittiness or a feeling of something in your eyes.
  • Excessive tearing.
  • Blurred vision, particularly when reading or using digital screens.
  • Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia).

Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City offers several dry eye treatments that can effectively alleviate these symptoms and restore your visual comfort.


Risk Factors of Dry Eyes During Menopause

Several factors can increase the risk of dry eyes in women during menopause. Understanding these risk factors is essential for effective prevention and management.

  • Medical Conditions and Medications

    Medical conditions such as thyroid conditions, diabetes, and regular use of antihistamines and autoimmune disease can elevate the risk of dry eyes in women experiencing menopause.

  • Contact Lens Use

    Contact lens wearers may experience exacerbated dry eye symptoms during menopause, necessitating proper care and hydration.

  • Environmental Factors

    Dry climates and excessive air conditioning can create unfavorable conditions for women in menopause, increasing their susceptibility to dry eye symptoms

  • Lifestyle Factors

    Dietary choices and smoking can impact eye health during menopause, making it essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce dry eye risks.


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Discover Relief and Clarity with Dry Eye Therapy

At Eyes On Missouri - Jefferson City, we specialize in helping women manage dry eyes during and after menopause. Our team of experienced professionals offers a range of treatments tailored to your unique needs.

Don't let dry eyes hinder your quality of life; schedule an appointment with us today to regain comfort and clarity in your vision.

(573) 635-1313