Apr 5, 2024

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Mont

Did you know that more women suffer from visual impairments than men, per the National Eye Institute? Two-thirds of blindness occur in women according to the World Health Organization. Fortunately, 75% of visual impairments are preventable and/or treatable.
One reason why women are affected by more eye health issues than men is because they tend to live longer. According to the National Eye Institute, women are also affected by hormonal factors.
Here are the other known vision problems that affect women:
• Age-related Macular Degeneration
• Autoimmune Diseases (such as Lupus or Sjögren’s Syndrome)
• Cataracts
• Dry Eye
• Glaucoma
• Low Vision
• Thyroid Eye Disease
• Refractive Error

Here are some tips to ensure the health of your eyes and vision.
Get your eyes examined
It’s important to be proactive, please schedule regular eye exams as part of your health routine. It is recommended that everyone have a comprehensive eye exam by age 40.

Eat healthy
The National Eye Institute has recommended that women eat a diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. This includes eating two weekly servings of fish, such as salmon and sardines. Dark leafy greens and broccoli are also excellent foods to incorporate into your diet. The Mediterranean diet is recommended.

Regular exercise is known to reduce the risk of eye disease. While active outside, make sure to wear proper sun protection, like hats and sunglasses with ultraviolet protection.
Learn more about dry eye syndrome
Dry eye syndrome affects an estimated 3.2 million women in America and is classified as itching, burning, and irritation in the eyes due to a lack of tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes. Without proper moisture, dry eye can result in damage to the frontal surface of the eye and ultimately lead to impaired vision. Your best defense is to discuss dry eye with your eye doctor and ask about available treatments.

We encourage women to take care of their eyes not only during Women’s Health and Safety Month but all year round. Please schedule your comprehensive eye exam today.

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