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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 640Did 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’ll outline below.

If you aren’t familiar with DES, this eye condition refers to a chronic lack of ocular moisture that causes uncomfortable symptoms like red, burning, itchy, watery eyes. Left untreated, DES can damage the cornea.

Usually, DES is caused by insufficient tears or poor quality tears, but can also be precipitated by allergies, environmental factors, hormones and even certain medications. If you or anyone in your family suffers from DES, speak with Dr. David Yesnick at Yesnick Vision Center, who can help ease 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 onyour eyes. Women who wear makeup—especially eye makeup like mascara and eyeliner—are more likely to develop dry eye symptoms due to their sometimes irritating contents. Makeup and other cosmetics may include chemicals that, when in contact with the eye, can reduce the eye’s tear film and cause tears to evaporate too quickly.

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.

We aren’t telling you to ditch your glam kit and go au naturel, but when you do wear makeup, make sure to give your eyes some extra TLC. Try to avoid applying makeup to the inner portion of the lash line, where it can clog your oil glands or irritate your eyes. And make sure to thoroughly remove your eye makeup before going to sleep, as sleeping with eye makeup can also lead to eye irritation and even infection.

2. 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.

3. Certain Medications

Because women are more likely than men to take both prescription and over-the-counter medications, they are also more prone to experience adverse effects from 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 Yesnick Vision Center, 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 Yesnick Vision Center today.

Yesnick Vision Center provides dry eye relief to patients from Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Henderson, and throughout Nevada.

 

Frequently Asked Questions with Our Dry Eye Doctor in Las Vegas

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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TearCare For Treating Dry Eyes

Do the annoying symptoms of dry eyes interfere with your everyday life? If vision has become a painful experience, TearCare may be able to help restore comfort to your eyes. Dr. David Yesnick offers this revolutionary, in-office treatment at our Las Vegas eye care center. Want to experience lasting relief from dry eye syndrome? Book an eye exam at Yesnick Vision Center.

What is TearCare?

Using electrothermal devices, TearCare warms your eyelids to unblock clogs associated with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Therapeutic levels of heat work to melt hardened oil deposits in your eyelid glands, allowing them to flow out.

Immediately after the thermal cycle is finished, our eye doctor will help to express your meibomian glands to ensure that all clogs are dissolved. Additionally, the procedure is “blink-assisted,” meaning that the devices conform to your eyelids so you can blink through the treatment. By blinking, your eye’s natural system of expressing lubricating oils is stimulated.

What results can you expect from TearCare?

Many of our dry eye patients in Las Vegas who undergo TearCare are pleasantly surprised to report how relaxing the treatment is! Repeat sessions are required about every 4 to 6 weeks, and just about everyone experiences unbelievable improvement in their dry eye symptoms. Also, when our eye doctor performs a follow-up eye exam, we generally see an enhanced quality tear film, linked to better eye health and more comfortable vision.

Is TearCare right for you?

Only an eye exam can provide a reliable answer to that question! If it’s determined that meibomian gland dysfunction is the source of your dry eyes, then TearCare may be the solution to alleviate your painful symptoms. To find out, visit us in our Las Vegas eye clinic.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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