Women have more of this than men. Wait; before you jump to conclusions let me give you a hint: it’s an eye condition that can impair vision. Dryness, burning or itching are all signs of the condition.
The answer: dry eye syndrome. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, six million women have moderate or severe symptoms of dry eye compared to three million men.
Since April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, I found it relevant to delve into the research.
Dry eye syndrome is described by AllAboutVision.com as the lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. It is one of the leading causes of visits to Indiana eye care doctors. Treatment includes eye drops and ointments, while extreme cases may require surgery.
The risk for dry eye increases with age. Patients who have had LASIK surgery, have severe allergies, take certain medications, or are contact lens wears are at greater risk.
Indianapolis eye care doctors see increased cases of dry eye syndrome in women who are pregnant, on certain types of birth control, or experiencing menopause. Women on hormone replacement therapy are also more likely to experience symptoms.
Prevent Blindness America offers the following tips to avoid irritation caused by dry eye syndrome:
Women of all ages should see Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates to ensure proper prevention and care.