Since women, historically, outlive men, it is more common for women to develop more age related eye disease. Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are the most common age related eye diseases that affect men and women as they get older. However, women are also more prone to having refractive errors like near/far sightedness and astigmatism.
Another difference between men and women is that women are more likely to develop dry eye as well. This can result from a decline in vision, in addition to irritation redness and pain. More research is showing that tear production, from the glands in around the eyes and eyelids, is impacted by hormones, which could be amplified by the hormonal imbalance of menopause.
As always, it is recommended that everyone have routine eye exams, but it is especially important for women as they become older to make sure that they are getting the proper treatment and maintaining the right vision correction for their eye health.
If you have questions about your eyes, contact the Gordy EyeCare team and let us help you!