Prevent Blindness Issues Five Things Women Need to Know about Eye Health

Prevent Blindness Declares April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month to Educate Public on Ways to Protect Vision

Data from the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” found that women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate women about their higher risk for vision loss as well as what they need to know about their eyes.

The following are five things women should know about vision and eye health:

1. More women than men are at risk for vision loss from eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. According to the National Eye Institute, more than 3 million women and more than 1.5 million men have dry eye. Dry eye is more common after menopause and women who experience menopause prematurely are more likely to have eye surface damage from dry eye.

2. More women are caregivers- Women often make the majority of their family’s health care decisions. In addition to being responsible for their own health, women are often responsible as caregivers for the health care choices of their children, partners, spouses and aging parents. A woman making her vision health a priority positively impacts those around her, including those that depend on her care.

3. Keeping a healthy lifestyle also helps keep the eyes healthy, including exercising regularly, not smoking and following a healthy diet. Talk to a dietician about eating habits and a doctor before starting an exercise program. Make sure to always wear UV eye protection when outdoors……..

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Source: PR Web & Prevent Blindness