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Every now and then, I meet with my friends and notice that they suddenly are wearing glasses. Oh, the joys of changing eyesight as we reach middle age. And while some of my friends are opting for progressive lenses, I actually decided to get two pairs of glasses so that I can have one devoted to distance and one to close-up work.
But besides the challenges of vision, our eyes do go through some changes as we age. Dry Eye
Hormone changes in women as they go through menopause can result in dry eye. The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) School of Medicine and Public Health website stated that postmenopausal women may find that their eyes have become watery and irritated. This irritation is caused by one or more of the three layers of tear film that usually provide protection to the cornea have decreased. The loss of these layers – the outer lipid layer, the aqueous layer and the inner mucin layer – make it easier for the eye to become irritated.
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Though not a common side effect, breast cancer treatment may affect your eyes, including your vision.
Eye problems may include:
red, itchy, or dry eyes
conjunctivitis (pink eye)
blurry or double vision
seeing dark spots
Breast cancer treatments that may cause eye problems are:
tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene), a hormonal therapy
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane), a hormonal therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid) and Reclast (a different formulation of zoledronic acid), bone-strengthening medications known as bisphosphonates
Some pain medications also can cause eye problems.
Managing eye problems
If you have vision problems, it can be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Call your doctor right away if you notice that you're having trouble seeing or if your vision changes.
If your eyes are dry, red, or itchy:
Try to blink frequently , especially if ...
Most Americans do not get enough sleep each night. Medical experts say that you should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep, but recent statistics revealed that many people are getting less than 5 to 6 hours. If you are not getting enough sleep, it can have adverse affects on your overall health. For example, it may cause unwanted weight gain, or a constant feeling of sluggishness throughout the day. People use many excuses for not getting to bed at a decent time. “I have to clean the house, and nighttime is the only time I can get everything done;” or “I love watching late night television.” No matter what excuse you are using, your lack of a good night’s sleep can be a problem. Some people, however, bring their stress problems into the bedroom, and that can have disastrous results. Not only will stress affect your sex life, it will also affect your ability to get the rest you need. No matter what has caused stre...
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