Vision Therapy in Elgin

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 Elgin

Our optometry practice in Elgin

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • MetLife
  • Blue Cross

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.


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- Apr. 10, 2024
Very friendly staff. Huge selection of glasses to choose from
- Mar. 23, 2024
This is a great eye care place from to start to finish.
- Mar. 23, 2024
Awesome staff--friendly and helpful. Dr. Kennedy is awesome and explained all procedures and results... well. Great selection of eye glasses. They processed everything through with my insurance so it was extremely easy for me.
- Mar. 13, 2024
Great doctors and office staff. Professional and friendly. The providers are very thorough and take ... the time to answer questions, show images and explain any problems or concerns and refer out to other specialist when appropriate!!
- Feb. 29, 2024
Proper care and support. Did not try and sell me things which were unnecessary. They fitted my cur... rent expensive frames with the new lenses with a great final product.
- Feb. 17, 2024
I called at 9:30 am., and there was an opening for an eye exam at 10:30 am. the same day! Both of th... e doctors that I have had appointments with over the past 6 years, have been knowledgeable and thorough. Dr. Brauer discovered I had Narrow Angle Glaucoma, and referred me to an Opthomologist, who performed a Laser Iridotomy.👁
- Jan. 27, 2024
Our whole family sees Dr Kennedy! He’s top Notch!!! All our children totally trust him! He’s so ... kind and gentle to them! Very knowledgeable and thorough for his exams! Had an eye emergency and got right in to see him for a quick fix! Our family cannot say enough about Dr Kennedy! Gil is also very good in optical! Very knowledgeable and helpful!
- Jan. 24, 2024
Bree was excellent in the ‘pre-doctor’ exams. Dr. Kennedy was thorough and I finally feel I have... a true explanation of what is going on with my eyes.
- Jan. 20, 2024
I highly recommend Elgin Family Eye Care to everyone.
- Jan. 05, 2024
Great eye doctor and great staff. Very quick service and friendly staff!
- Dec. 09, 2023
I have been a patient for many, many years. From the moment I walk in and throughout my visit, the ... individuals at the front desk are always professional and friendly. The person who checked me in was also very helpful in answering any questions I had. Dr. Kennedy has always been professional and kind. He is thorough, patient and takes the time to listen to and answer your questions. At this time, I have no intention of going anywhere else for eye care. I have also had great customer service from everyone at Elgin Family EyeCare. Kudos to the staff.
- Nov. 19, 2023
The doctors are very knowledgeable and take their time explaining everything to you. Their sales ass... ociates are also very knowledgeable and take their time assisting you through the eyeglasses and contact purchase.
- Nov. 17, 2023
The staff and Doctors at Elgin Family Eye truly care and it shows in their interactions with patient... s and with each other. They are amazing and you will not be disappointed that you decided to book an appointment with them!
- Nov. 16, 2023
The very best eye doctor ever. Dr. Kennedy is so professional, extremely knowledgeable thorough expl... ains everything answered all your questions. You can tell he’s very caring passionate about his career. Thank you!
- Nov. 10, 2023
I highly recommend Elgin Family Eyecare. Dr. Brauer is wonderful!
- Nov. 08, 2023
The staff are all great - very helpful and kind. They seem interested in preventative care as well, ... with the exam that takes an image of the back of the eye. Never had that done before at any other eye doctor, but it was informative and interesting. Dr Kennedy made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions, even did a quick follow up exam after putting in my new contacts to ensure I had the correct prescription. Great experience!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Always a great experience!
- Oct. 26, 2023
Very helpful, welcoming and professional.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Amazing service. Great and friendly staff
- Oct. 13, 2023
Come back every year! Dr Nakajima is the best and very professional!

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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).

Elgin Family EyeCare 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 Elgin Family EyeCare, 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.

(847) 888-1555