The Eyes are a Part of the Women’s Health Conversation

Shot middle aged woman sitting at desk behind her laptop and having video conference while working from home. Home office. Women’s health is comprehensive. It is complex due to the hormonal changes the body goes through on a monthly basis, let alone over many decades. When we think about women’s health, the mind usually goes straight to breast and reproductive issues and how to prevent or treat them. Because of our area of specialization, we recognize the unique challenges that women face as it relates to their eyes, as well. Here, we discuss why women’s health must be more expansive so that the women we love can continue to lead vibrant lives. 

Eye Conditions that Affect Women

Eye diseases can affect men and women of all ages. However, research has indicated that adult women tend to have higher instances of the following:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Vision disruption from refractive errors and other conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Vision loss

Why are Women At Risk?

There may be several clues as to why women may have higher risks for various eye diseases, though none may be completely correct. What scientific data tells us is that there are often a combination of factors influencing women’s eye health. Many women have a family history of one or more eye diseases. Women’s hormonal shifts also contribute to a multitude of biological functions, ranging from ovulation to the production of a healthy tear film. Some data has pointed to the drop in estrogen and testosterone during perimenopause and menopause as a significant factor in the development of dry eye syndrome. Systemic diseases may also increase risks. For example, women with diabetes are at risk of diabetic retinopathy. 

Managing Eye Health

Women have learned to become their own best advocates for their health concerns and objectives. To be an advocate, they educate themselves about the symptoms and conditions that may affect them. Fortunately, when it comes to maintaining healthy eyes, the steps are relatively uncomplicated. In addition to knowing risks and maintaining regular ophthalmic exams, women should avoid tobacco use, eat a nutritious diet and take recommended supplements, and practice good hygiene that includes removing makeup every night before bed. 

We are here to help patients of all ages understand their risks for eye disease and manage them well. To schedule a visit at our Amarillo ophthalmology practice, contact us at (806) 351-1177.

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Panhandle Eye Group Subspecialists

7411 Wallace Blvd
Amarillo, TX 79106

Amarillo Cataract & Eye Surgery Center

7310 Fleming Ave
Amarillo, TX 79106

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This is the latest IOL for Dr. Murrell's cataract practice. The LAL is the first IOL that can be adjusted after the surgery. Dr. Murrell can customize your IOL so that you can have the vision that you desire.

The LAL is a premium IOL which will not be covered under your medical insurance hence will have to pay for this IOL.


What's coming to Dr. Murrell's practice in the next few months.
Embrace with Accutite and Facetite and Morpheus Prime and Morpheus8

Accutite and Facetite: - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that can melt fat and mildly tighten skin. It requires only a small opening in the skin. The Accutite is for small areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. The Facetite is for the larger areas of the face such as the jowls, neck, and nasolabial folds.

Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 - These are FDA approved cosmetic devices that are applied to the skin to tighten the skin and collagen underneath the skin. The Morpheus Prime is for smaller areas smaller areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. the Morpheus8 is for the larger areas of the face. Both Morpheus Prime and Morpheus 8 takes 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart from each other.

The Accutite and Morpheus Prime can both be performed to the eyelids to maximize the cosmetic effect. Likewise, the Facetite and Morpheus8 can both be performed to maximize the cosmetic effect.

The Embrace is the device that rungs the Accutite, Facetite, Morpheus8, and Morpheus Prime. These treatments are not covered by insurance. The patient will have to pay for the procedure.

What's New in Dr. Murrell Practice in 2023

Light adjustable IOl (LAL) for Cataract Patients

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