Mary Keating

January 13th, 2017

You’ve hit that age where reading glasses are part of daily life. You too may even see small specks or clouds moving through your field of vision, perhaps you have more difficulty focusing and/or your eyes just feel dry, tired and irritated. These are all symptoms that may accompany menopause. As we age and change, so too do our eyes.

rhm-01-web-bannerWhen forty or better, or during times of fluctuating hormones, it is important to have a working partnership with your eye healthcare provider. While many symptoms are bothersome, there are other eye problem after midlife and menopause that are more worrisome, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Prevention and early diagnosis are the keys to maintaining healthy vision.

I will be hosting the Red Hot Mamas seminar on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Portneuf Medical Center. The seminar, “Eye Issues at Menopause,” will cover bothersome and worrisome eye issues, how to know which is which, treatment options and prevention tips.

The Red Hot Mamas seminars are free and all women are invited to attend. Grab a girlfriend or two and come find out more about this unique time in a woman’s life. The seminar is in the Pebble Creek Room at Portneuf. Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit or call 208-239-1048. To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.

To help maintain eye health, schedule routine eye exams, drink plenty of water, wear sunglasses, don’t smoke, limit alcohol consumption, control blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars and eat foods rich in antioxidants, like green leafy vegetables. If you think you may have dry eye disease, ocular allergies or if you are suffering any other eye concern, it is important to not ignore what you are experiencing. Talk with your eye care professional to get an appropriate diagnosis and to determine a course of treatment that is best for you.

To reach Pocatello Eye Center, call 208-234-4100. To find another type of physician, please visit