The Unexpected Dryness of Menopause

Dry Eye Amarillo TX The transition through menopause can be quite the roller-coaster ride for many women. As if hot flashes and mood swings aren’t enough to contend with, women going through this change of life may also encounter symptoms such as dry eye syndrome. In fact, studies indicate that dry eye syndrome is a common problem for peri- and post-menopausal women. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though hormone replacement therapies offer much hope.

Why Your Eyes Feel Dry

Dry eye can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms. Each person with this condition may describe something different. Some people develop general eye irritation such as itching and burning. Dry eyes may feel gritty or scratchy or they may feel severely irritated as if something is in the eye. Without sufficient tear film coverage, it is possible for vision to become blurry, for eyes to water excessively, and for them to look red. Some people develop such severe symptoms that their day is disrupted.

There are a few theories about the correlation between dry eye syndrome and hormonal changes in mid-life. Some believe that tear production is disrupted by the decrease in hormones like estrogen and testosterone. There is also a theory that the general chemical changes during menopause alter the production of a healthy tear film. Regardless of the underlying mechanism, dry eye syndrome is not something to leave unattended.

Managing Eye Health Throughout Mid-Life

Dry eye syndrome can become a chronic condition that spirals out of control if not evaluated and treated. In mild cases, where symptoms are infrequent and minor, lubricating eye drops may provide sufficient relief. However, if you find that you’re using eye drops several times a day, you may benefit from additional strategies as well as a thorough eye exam.

Our Amarillo office has been established as a Dry Eye Center of Excellence. Dr. Murrell has successfully helped patients who have not found relief from over-the-counter or other professional treatments, including plugs. Results have been achieved by addressing often-overlooked aspects of the tear film: inflammation and oil dysfunction. Treatments such as LipiFlow and EyeXpress provide relief from dry eyes without surgery or downtime.

Get a handle on dry eye in a single office visit. To schedule your visit to our Amarillo office, call (806) 351-1177.

Contact Us For All Your Health Related Queries!

Panhandle Eye Group Subspecialists

7411 Wallace Blvd
Amarillo, TX 79106

Amarillo Cataract & Eye Surgery Center

7310 Fleming Ave
Amarillo, TX 79106

Office Hours

We offer earlier morning appointment starting at 7:40am for those who choose to come in at an earlier convince. Our phone hours are as posted.

8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
8:15am - 12:30pm

Send us a Message

Accessibility Toolbar

There is an upcoming solar eclipse that is taking place on April 8th.


We recommend that viewers do not look directly at the sun when outside and that eye protection must be worn at all times.


This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

Scroll to Top