Aussie women more likely to wear glasses than men

Peter Terlato 18 May 2016

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Particularly among the younger age brackets.

As we get older our eyesight, along with a bunch of other body parts and functions, becomes progressively worse.

But this trend seems to be more of a problem for Australian women than men.

According to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research, 65.2% of Australian women over the age of 18 wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, compared with 54.8% of men.

Young women in particular are much more likely to use prescription eyewear. For example, 38.5% of women aged 18-24 years wear glasses and/or contact lenses, making them almost 75% more likely to than their male counterparts (22.2%).

Norman Morris, industry communications director at Roy Morgan Research, says women are also more likely than men to experience age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

But the reasons behind why women, especially in the younger age brackets, are more likely to wear glasses or contact lenses is still puzzling.

“Of course, women tend to be more diligent than men in attending to their health issues (so perhaps some men are simply undiagnosed rather than possessed of 20/20 vision!), but it’s worth noting that our data has shown previously that women are more susceptible than men to other health conditions such as insomnia, asthma, lactose intolerance and psychological problems,” Morris says.

One apparent advantage of that glasses-wearing: women are less likely to die in a car accident.

Vision Initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, says that as Australia’s population ages, the number of people who are blind or have vision loss is expected to be over 800,000 by 2020.

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