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3 Reasons Women Are More Likely Than Men To Develop Dry Eye

3 Reasons Women Are More Likely Than Men To Develop Dry Eye 640

Did you know that women are more likely than men to experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome (DES)? In fact, women represent about 6 out of 10 diagnosed cases of DES worldwide. This is due to several factors, 3 of which we explain below.

DES is a chronic lack of ocular moisture to lubricate the eyes and causes uncomfortable symptoms like red, burning, itchy, watery eyes. Left untreated, DES can damage the cornea.  It is not only the AMOUNT of tears, but the QUALITY and thickness of the tears that keep the eyes moist. It can also be precipitated by allergies, environmental factors, hormones and even certain medications. If you or anyone in your family suffers from DES, Dr. Roth and Dr. Tiomno at Family Eye Care, can help solve your dry eye symptoms

3 Reasons Why Women Are Prone to Dry Eye Syndrome 

  1. Cosmetic Use  

Makeup, skincare items, and hair styling products can all drastically effect your eyes. Women who wear makeup—especially eye makeup like mascara and eyeliner—are more likely to develop dry eye symptoms due to the ingredients within the cosmetics that can be irritating to the eye and cause cell loss. Makeup and other cosmetics may include chemicals that come in contact with the eye and then damage the eye’s tear film.

Eyeliner and mascara may also block the tiny oil-secreting glands on the margins of the eyelids. Oil is an essential component of tears, as it reduces eye-eyelid friction and lessens tear evaporation.  This is why it is especially important NOT to put eyeliner on the lid margin because that blocks the oil glands from releasing the tears that lubricate the eyes.  Rather, put the eyeline on the skin outside the lid margin.  The lid margin is the edge of the lid that points up on the lower lid and points down on the upper lid.

It is also a good idea to make sure to thoroughly remove your eye makeup before going to sleep.

  1. Hormonal Changes

From puberty to pregnancy and menopause, women’s hormones are constantly changing. All those surges and dips in estrogen can affect your eyes, especially when it comes to dry eye syndrome. Some women even experience dry eyes at certain times of the month, when estrogen levels rise.

Women also produce androgens, also known as “male hormones,” which affect the quality of the tear film. In fact, both men and women who have low androgens may suffer from DES.

Women over the age of 50 who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are at a heightened risk of developing dry eye symptoms. About 4 out of 10 post-menopausal women in North America use HRT to manage symptoms of menopause. Women increase their chances of developing DES by 70% when using estrogen alone for HRT, and by 29% when estrogen and progesterone are used together, compared to women who don’t use HRT.

  1. Certain Medications

Women are more likely than men to take both prescription and over-the-counter medications.  They are therefore also more prone to experience the negative effects of those medications. The common medications that often cause or exacerbate symptoms of DES include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Acne medications
  • Sleeping pills
  • Birth control pills
  • Blood pressure medications

DES can be uncomfortable at the very least, and debilitating at its worst. The good news is that you can get the relief you seek!  At Family Eye Care, we provide long-lasting relief to patients suffering from dry eye syndrome by targeting the root of the problem. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from dry eyes, call Family Eye Care today. 

Family Eye Care provides dry eye relief to patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, Edison, and throughout New Jersey. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions with Our Dry Eye Doctor in Old Bridge

Q: Can I treat my dry eye symptoms at home?

  • A: While there are over-the-counter options available at your local drugstore, you should seek treatment from a dry eye optometrist for the most effective and long-lasting results. Generic dry eye remedies may not target the underlying source of your specific problem.

Q: Can women with dry eye syndrome still wear eye makeup?

  • A: Women with moderate-to-severe DES may find conventional makeup irritating. Try choosing makeup that is hypoallergenic, cream-based (instead of powder), and has a low water content. Thorough makeup removal is crucial for everyone— all the more so for those suffering from DES. So make sure you remove every bit of eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara before bed.

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