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14th Annual Congress on Controversies in Ophthalmology

(COPHy) taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, March 24-25, 2023

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Aug 7, 2022

Why do women have more eye issues than men?

  • Two out of every three Americans who are visually impaired are female.
  • Women make up 2.6 of the 4.1 million Americans age 40 and above who are visually impaired or blind.
  • Women are at higher risk for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Let’s take a look at a few of the major factors.

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Hormones:

Menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause are all driven by hormones, so they play a big factor. Recent studies have shown that fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone can affect vision and contribute to dry eye syndrome and glaucoma, especially after menopause.

 

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Migraines:

Over 14% of the adult population suffers from migraines, a chronic neurological disease. Women in the United States have a cumulative lifetime migraine incidence of 43% while men have an incidence of only 18%. Hormones and structural differences in the brain contribute to women having longer attacks, increased recurrence, greater disability, and longer recovery times. Migraine is often accompanied by visual impairments such as photophobia, visual aura, and transient vision loss……

Read more: https://www.island-retina.com/blog/why-do-women-have-more-eye-issues-than-men?fbclid=IwAR37WCUbavB4OWRsJM9P6ncIyCj_v1ciNmhTtN7TOiei-jnhAZV1STsGzHo

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