Hormone therapy may cause dry eye

Hormone therapy may cause dry eye

* Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may cause dry eye, according to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

After studying data from 25,000 postmenopausal women, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston concluded that postmenopausal women, especially those using estrogen alone, had a higher prevalence of dry eye than women who never used HRT. The exact link wasn’t found, but the doctors theorize that hormone levels influence lacrimal gland activity. They recommend that physicians consider these findings when prescribing HRT. OM

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