Dry eye is relatively common and experienced by millions around the world. But did you women can be particularly affected by this frustrating condition?
We must pay attention to the risk factors affecting women as we discuss how we diagnose and manage this chronic, progressive disease. Today, we’ll discuss an overview of the causes and symptoms of dry eye along with certain aspects of dry eye that are impactful to women.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye occurs when a person lacks an ideal amount of tears to provide adequate lubrication for the eyes. This includes situations in which a person is unable to produce a proper amount of tears or is capable of producing only poor-quality tears.
Dry eye symptoms include:
- Burning, scratchy, stinging
- Light sensitivity
- Problem wearing contacts
- Difficulty driving at night
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred vision
If you’ve experienced dry eye symptoms, or think you may have this issue, you are wise to keep abreast of developments regarding this condition. Indeed, there are some important updates of note associated with dry eye and its care and treatment, particularly for women.
Role of Hormones in Dry Eye
Women are more prone than men to suffer dry eye. One underlying factor can be the dropping of testosterone levels.
Women have a significantly lower level of testosterone than do men. As men and women age, the amount of testosterone in their systems decreases, which can have an impact on the production of tears. At the start of menopause, the decrease in testosterone accelerates and becomes more significant, which is a prime reason older women do experience dry eye notably more frequently than do men.
Specific courses of treatment are available to women who suffer from dry eyes as a result of aging, menopause, and a decrease in testosterone, including specialized prescription eye drops available from a qualified eye doctor.
Cosmetic Procedures and Dry Eye
In this day and age, men are undergoing cosmetic procedures with increasing frequency. With that noted, women still undergo cosmetic procedures more frequently than their male counterparts. One of the more common types of cosmetic treatments women obtain is Botox injections.
Research has found that Botox injections have the potential for aggravating dry eye. Specifically, specialists note that if a patient has an issue with dry eye, or wants to be certain to avoid that condition, Botox should not be injected into the middle of the lower eyelid. A Botox injection in this area can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to blink by impairing what is known as “Meibomian pumping.” Meibomian pumping is the process by which an oily substance is conveyed into the eye to protect moisture from an eye’s tear film from evaporation.
False eye lashes and extensions, and even certain types of eyeliner and makeup removers, can also contribute to destabilizing the tear film within the eye. Ask your Matossian Eye Associates eye doctor about best practices for makeup use and removal, based on your unique biology and needs.
Professional Eye Care for Dry Eye
If you are a woman — or a man — who has concerns about dry eye, you can best protect your eye health by scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor from Matossian Eye Associates at (800) 708-8800 or by clicking here. You can schedule an appointment right now at a time convenient for you.