By Michael Hutton
Contact lenses for dry eye worn only while sleeping can help short-sighted women who are peri- or post-menopausal deal with the impact of hormonal changes on their eye health. Dr. Ilene Gipson who is an ophthalmologist and dry eye syndrome researcher at Harvard Medical School points out that dry eye syndrome is now the primary reason for people to visit an optician in the United States. Two-thirds of dry eye syndrome sufferers are women, many of whom are currently undergoing or recently underwent the menopause. For short-sighted women who normally wear daytime contact lenses to correct their eyesight, the onset of dry eye syndrome as they reach the menopause stage may cause sufficient discomfort to require that they switch to glasses.
Dry eye syndrome involves the surface of the eye, tear and lipid producing glands, the skin of the eyelids, the manner in which inflammation is processed by the brain and body, hormone production, microscopic tear film components, the nervous system connection to the brain, water intake and natural water in air. Problems affecting any part of this highly complex system can result in dry eye and dehydration symptoms. However, the new overnight ortho-k contact lenses for dry eye correct short-sightedness while the wearer is asleep and then provide clear natural daytime vision after the lenses are removed in the morning. The correction lasts for over 24 hours and ensures the eyes can breathe freely during the daytime.
Women are also more prone to autoimmune diseases which has some of the same precipitating factors as dry eye and they also live longer, increasing the risk of age related illness. For natural eye health at any age, Dr. Gipson recommends eating plenty of dark green vegetables, drinking adequate amounts of water and sleeping at least 6 hours since sleeping naturally lowers the tear film pH and restores tear film moisture. Household chemicals, insulated walls and windows and forced-air heating and cooling also cause dry eye symptoms as can too much screen time which greatly reduces blink rates and thereby increases natural moisture evaporation from the tear film. As well as following Dr. Gipson's eye health tips, by also wearing overnight contact lenses for dry eye , short-sighted women with dry eye can avoid having to switch to glasses.
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