Enterprise Ledger

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 12, 2007

‘Red Hot Mamas’ Educate Women Menopause Health

By Kim Lewis, Enterprise Ledger Staff Writer

June 18, 2006

A program called “Red Hot Mamas,” the nation’s largest menopause education provider, is getting a lot of attention from women going through menopause.

The local chapter has partnered with the Society for Women’s Health to present a public education clinic on dry eye and menopause at 6:30 p.m. June 29 at Medical Center Enterprise.

A recent survey revealed that six out of 10 menopausal women experience dry eye symptoms, yet only one out of 10 women are aware of its link to menopause. Ophthalmologist Dr. Eugene Pahmier,from Medical and Surgical Eye Care of Enterprise, will speak about the importance of early recognition symptoms, which can slow progression of the disease, preventing more serious problems such as impaired vision.

Dry eye can be a progressive disease, and if left untreated, some forms of chronic dry eye can lead to more serious problems, including impaired vision and an increased risk of eye infection. The treatment options for dry eye are based on severity and an evaluation of the cause of the disease. Those with dry eye symptoms should see their opthamologist.

The Red Hot Mamas was founded in 1991 and has become the largest program of its type in the U.S. Karen Giblin, the group’s president and founder, has said the organization’s name came from her daughter, who came home from school one day to find a red-faced Karen in the midst of a hot flash. She said that her daughter said to her, “Oh, mom, you’re a red hot mama.”

The menopause management education program, aimed at providing medical information and peer support to women, men and family members deals with the physical and psychological impact of menopause, which usually affects women age 40 and beyond.

All women, their partners and family members are urged to attend the public meeting to learn about this critical aspect of their health and become empowered to be proactive in managing their own healthcare.