When testosterone production is decreased, the lacrimal gland does not work as it should. The ocular surface of the eye is then exposed to the components causing Dry Eyes.

Menopause can lead to hormonal fluctuations which could contribute to Dry Eyes.

Menopause is sometimes responsible for dry skin problems, especially around the mouth, nose areas, as well as eye dryness. This dryness may be due to hormonal fluctuations.

During menopause, levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fluctuate and various types of dryness can occur. This includes dry eye. Testosterone contributes, among other things, to the proper functioning of the lacrimal gland which is responsible for producing the tears responsible for eye lubrication.

testosterone and dry eyesRelation between dry eyes and testosterone level

When testosterone production decreases the lacrimal gland does not work as well. The ocular surface of the eye is exposed to the components causing dryness. Essentially, we need the right amount of testosterone to lubricate the eyes. Testosterone is to the eyes as oestrogen is to the mouth, joints, and skin.

Lowered oestrogen levels may cause skin dryness as well as affect other regions of the body including joints and of course vaginal dryness which could make intercourse painful. The less oestrogen your body produces, the drier the skin becomes.

Your eyes can also become sensitive to light, red, burn and you could feel like if a grain of sand is in your eyes. Other illness like arthritis and autoimmune disorders may affect the levels of dryness. Eating nuts and having a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can improve the dryness of your eyes. Wear sunglasses outdoors to reduce the evaporation of moisture in the eyes.

 


 

Here is a very interesting video I have found on Youtube regarding Testosterone and Dry Eyes treatment. You can read below a summary of what is said in the video

Dear Doctors, I have the driest eyes you can imagine. They’re red, irritated and burning and my eyelids even stick to my eyes in the morning. They’ve been this way for years, and I’ve tried every eye drop out there. I’m desperate for a cure !

Having dry eyes like that could be incredibly frustrating, even painful.

What in the world causes dry eyes ? Because there is multiple reasons so you get dry eyes.

Exactly, and the 2 most commons reasons are:

  1. The eye not making enough tear film;
  2. And the second one, which is really common and under diagnosed is Blepharitis

Blepharitis is basically the situation where the oil glands that we all have in the eyelids that are right by the lashes they are getting clogged so it’s like having acne of your eyelids.

When those oil glands in the eyelids gets clogged, it causes inflammation, redness of the eye, irritation and even light sensitivity and blurred vision.

How do you even determine if they have dry eyes ?

There is some traditional tests but there is a new test called “Tear Scope”. We can non invasively look at the eyes like having binoculars for the tear film which we never had before. We can actually see the quality of the tear film as well as the stage or severity of the dry eye.

What are we seeing on the Tear Scope ?

We could see debris that is floating around in the tear film and that’s not normal. Tear film is supposed to be nice and smooth like a coating of the water and oil. This is causing the dry eye symptoms from the blepharitis combined with the dry eye and so that’s the reason why the person in the video is having all these problems.

What to do to cure dry eyes ?

Traditional treatments are using artificial tears eye drops but the problem with that is that it does absolutely nothing for the blepharitis because again it’s that oil gland clogging that is the cause.

Testosterone and Blepharitis

For men and women that have blepharitis, there’s actually not enough testosterone relative to estrogen so there is a new local treatment to adress that. A testosterone cream is applied on the eyelids right above the eyelashes because that’s where the oil glands are.

In about a month, you can start to see the benefits of this.

So if you’re suffering from chronic dry eyes and over the counter drops are not doing the job for you, you really need to get checked out. There are solutions that you can discuss with your doctor.

Enregistrer

18 replies
  1. Ashlee
    Ashlee says:

    All the research us good on paper, but does someone actually sell testosterone eye drops. When is the research actually going to start benefiting the sufferers .

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    • May Beckest
      May Beckest says:

      If you are lucky to live in USA you can get testosterone cream prescribed for eyelid use. Being based in UK I haven’t found a way to get some but am trying. My problems all kicked in around menopause. My life is not the same – am miserable and anxious going to bed as I will wake up in pain.

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      • Ashlee
        Ashlee says:

        Thanks May

        My symptoms too kicked in after menopause
        However I wonder whether all the symptoms will reverse on their own after menopause settles down in few years – and I know everyone is different so nobody will tell you how long do you go through this phase.

        My bigger worry is that do I have to spend the rest of my life battling dry eyes

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        • May
          May says:

          Ashlee I know how you feel. I don’t want to live like this either for the rest of my life- the pain at times is awful and so debilitating. I get anxious before going to sleep now as am so worried about awakening in pain. I will get this resolved and have learned a lot. I have great determination. Take care. May

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          • Louise Alban
            Louise Alban says:

            I’m in the UK too, and realising that my dry eye may be hormone linked, and wanting to try either DHEA or testosterone to help. The article above does not mention the meibomian glands which seem to me to be more implicated in this problem than lacrimal glands. Are there any UK forums where this is being discussed and where sufferers can come together?

          • May
            May says:

            Louise there is a brilliant Facebook group I am a member of – Blepharitis Advice and Support Group – lots of lovely people with this all sharing and giving good advice.
            Many people helped a great deal after following suggestions. It’s a closed group but just apply to join and you will get in. There is another group for Dry Eyes too.

          • Louise Alban
            Louise Alban says:

            Thanks May, I have applied to join the dry eyes group. I don’t think blepharitis is my problem, unless it covers Meibomian gland problems? But I’ll have a look for it.

          • May
            May says:

            Louise – Blepharitis is meobomian gland problems – the Blepharitis group has more people and is more active so you should join both. ☺.

          • Louise Alban
            Louise Alban says:

            I thought that blepharitis was an umbrella term for the irritation of the eyelids which could include the meibomian gland issues, or could just include the lid margins. However, I can see that they overlap and have applied to join both groups.

  2. M
    M says:

    I have dry eyes and suffered with this condition for years and was getting worse month by month. Then I read about testosterone and because I live in Canada, testosterone is very restricted, so I had to get it in the black market. Starting testing it (not on my eyelids but by rubbing a small amount on my skin – anywhere) and started seeing the results in about a month. Knowing it was working for me I went to my doctor and convinced him to prescribe it to me and now I don’t have to go on the black market. It has made a significant difference for me (I’m 47, so I knew it had to do with pre-menopause perhaps). My eyes feel comfortable now for the most part. I do however still have to be careful not to over do it, like be on the computer too long or not wear sunglasses etc.. I just wanted to leave this here and hopefully it will help others.

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    • Mary
      Mary says:

      I have been suffering from dry eyes since I went into menopause, (for about 4 years now). I have been to seven different eye doctors and one finally tested my testosterone levels and found that it’s so low that it hardly even exists in my body, (told too low to measure). I would love to try this cream. Did you get it prescribed by your primary care doctor? My doctor recently prescribed taking testosterone in a pill form, (which includes estrogen), but I’ve been told that it’s dangerous to take, causing other problems, such as liver damage. I also researched the pellet implants and have found them to be unsafe for women as well.

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  3. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I also have suffered extreme pain in my eyes due to dryness. Mine also started after my hysterectomy. I was lblessed 2years ago to have my compounding pharmacy to tell me a about the testerone cream they have been compounding for a research ophthalmologist. I had tried tear ducts, compounded eye drops, restatsis, among other things for years with no noticeable results. The testerone cream was not a magic cure but it has helped significantly. I still keep my otc eye drop vials next to my bed and in my purse especially when first waking up but do not have to apply drops all during the day as before and my eyes are not staying irritated now. Talk to your ophthalmologist about trying this.cream. Your eyes will thank you.

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  4. Louise Alban
    Louise Alban says:

    Since I wrote before, I have come to the conclusion that my problems are not blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction (because when my eyes are dry my nose and mouth are dry too) and it’s become clearer that although I have some problems during the day (I have stopped wearing contact lenses and this keeps it very manageable) they are many times worse at night. The ophthalmologist I saw said these symptoms don’t tie up so it’s functional… !
    The only cream I have got hold of is DHEA which is a precursor to oestrogen and testosterone. I don’t know where to find testosterone cream even on the black market (I’m in UK). Any comments on any part of this welcome from others working at this. Will DHEA do the same as testosterone? Do the symptoms match testosterone problems? Any clues for obtaining testosterone?

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    • Louise Alban
      Louise Alban says:

      Thank you – he’s the one who famously takes menopause seriously, isn’t he? In what form do you get the testosterone? I’m not within reach of London but my doctor is open-minded.

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  5. Tammy Perry
    Tammy Perry says:

    What about just taking testosterone period. I mean as prescribed? I am presently trying it as of 3 days now and hope to the good Lord it helps with my severe dry eye. I had been on HRT bioidentical pellets, previously, but not long enough to notice any help with my eyes. (I quit using the pellets as I kept having trouble with the progesterone…I still have my uterus.) It’s all very costly, but I’ve had multiple health issues, eczema, hives, severe body pain etc…as well as severedry eye and now believe it’s all connected to hormones as I started to fall apart entering meno.

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