While men and women have many health differences, one difference that is probably not widely known is that women are more susceptible to eye disease and other eye conditions than men. Eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy are diagnosed in more women than men every year. Women who are pregnant or post-menopausal are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome due to hormonal changes. In addition, women who are receiving Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may be at a higher risk of developing cataracts. Pregnant women who note changes in their vision such as blurred vision or seeing spots should contact their health care provider immediately because these can be signs of more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or retinal detachment. The organization Prevent Blindness America has deemed April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. Women are encouraged to make their vision health a priority and to get a complete eye exam.* Elise Ervin Staff Writer
Who gets more eye disease - Women or Men?
- by Dr. Paul Krawitz
- 29 March, 2010