Hot flashes and night sweats are well-known symptoms of menopause.
However, opticians warn that women’s eyes may also be affected, as hormonal changes can cause dry eyes and a higher risk of infection. Even the shape of the eye can be changed.
Charlotte Cook, optometrist at Bayfields Opticians, said: “Some women report certain changes to their eyes around the time of menopause.
“These may include dry eyes, which can be 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 may be a good idea to have their eyes checked.
Opticians warn 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: “Tired or strained eyes 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 at the front of your eye) can become slightly steepened, which may change your prescription.”
Badrul Hussain, consultant eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, east London, said: “Hormonal changes can affect the meibomian glands, which produce oils to help the eye protect itself and lubricate itself with tears.” This can cause dry eyes and a higher risk of infection, he added.