At 45 years of age, my eyes went. I do not know exactly where they went but perhaps they went to the same place my once perky bra size 12B you-know-what’s, went.

Wherever or whatever, for the first time in my life I needed prescription glasses for reading and driving at night.

Meno Martha and Healthy EyesApril is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in the United States. In Putting Focus on Special Visual Needs of Women: Prevent Blindness Educates Women on Ways to Protect Healthy Vision, the (United States) Preventblindness.org elaborate on:

“In addition to the many differences between men and women, more women than men have eye disease. Eye diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye. Women also may have vision issues related to pregnancy and menopause”.

Meno Martha and Healthy EyesIn Women’s Health and Menopause FAQs: My Eyes Itch and Sometimes Tear. How Can This Be Treated? the North American Menopause Society explain:

Meno Martha and Healthy Eyes“After menopause, some women report chronically dry and scratchy eyes, often along with light sensitivity, blurred vision, or swollen or reddened eyelids—a condition called chronic dry eye. Tearing can also be a symptom, because the eye produces more watery tears to compensate, although these tears don’t lubricate the eyes the way healthy tears do. Sometimes, the condition is caused by certain diseases (such as Sjögren’s syndrome) or drugs (such as allergy medications and antidepressants)”.

In Healthy Body: Look After Your Eyes – Why Are Regular Eye Tests (Sight Tests) So Important? the NHS Choices (National Health Service England) elaborate on:

“Having an eye test won’t just tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription – it’s also an important eye health check. It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms, many of which can be treated if found early enough”.

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Last Updated: 17 November 2019 – Last Revised: 16 April 2018
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