In the heart of Leeds, Simon Falk Eyecare is making waves with its pioneering approach to a commonly overlooked issue affecting countless women - dry eye disease during menopause.
While often dismissed as a minor discomfort, this condition can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Thanks to the vision and dedication of optometrist Leah Khan, the practice’s specialised dry eye clinic is transforming the way menopausal dry eye is diagnosed and treated.
Dry eye disease occurs when the eye’s tear production or quality is compromised, leading to irritation, redness, and discomfort. It is a condition that affects people of all ages, but recent research has unveiled a surprising statistic: over 60 per cent of women going through perimenopause and menopause experience dry eye symptoms. Despite its prevalence, this issue often goes undiagnosed, leaving countless women grappling with unnecessary discomfort.
Leah Khan, the driving force behind Simon Falk Eyecare’s dry eye clinic, has spent the last two years delving into the intricacies of dry eye disease, particularly its connection to menopause. Drawing inspiration from innovative techniques pioneered in the United States, where eye care professionals are at the forefront of advancements, Leah Khan has brought a new level of expertise to her practice.
“For us, being an independent practice means delivering a comprehensive service that addresses overall eye health. It’s about more than just selling glasses; we’re committed to understanding our patients, their needs, and how we can truly assist them,” Leah explains.
Since its launch in May, the clinic has experienced an overwhelming demand, particularly from women navigating the challenges of menopause. The team’s approach is meticulous and comprehensive, involving diagnostic equipment and tear film analysis to create tailored management plans that alleviate discomfort.
One of the key factors contributing to dry eye during menopause is the decrease in androgen hormone levels. This hormonal shift affects the meibomian and lacrimal glands in the eyelids. These glands play a crucial role in tear production and quality by providing essential oils. The reduction in these oils results in accelerated tear evaporation and subsequently drier eyes. Furthermore, the affected glands can trigger eyelid inflammation, further compromising tear production and quality, ultimately leading to dry eye syndrome.
Simon Falk Eyecare’s clinic addresses this multifaceted issue head-on, offering patients a thorough dry eye assessment that dives deep into the underlying causes of their discomfort. The clinic’s contact number, 0330 900 2020, stands as an open invitation for those seeking relief from menopausal dry eye symptoms.
In an era where healthcare can sometimes feel impersonal, Simon Falk Eyecare’s approach shines as a beacon of patient-centric care. The clinic’s commitment to understanding the unique challenges of each patient, combined with Leah Khan’s specialised knowledge, creates a holistic environment for tackling the often-dismissed issue of menopausal dry eye. Through their groundbreaking efforts, they are not only providing relief but also empowering women to take control of their eye health and overall well-being.
Simon Falk Opticians
456 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 2HU.
Tel. 03309 002020