Studies show that women are more likely to suffer from eye-related problems than men. In fact, two-thirds of blindness and visual impairments worldwide occur in women.
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Oftentimes, women who manage the health of family members sometimes neglect their own health. Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is a reminder for women to prioritize caring for their own vision.
Because women have a longer life expectancy than men, they are more at risk for degenerative eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Additionally, hormonal changes can make women more prone to dry eye, uveitis, cataracts and changes in prescription.
It is especially important for women to remember that smoking, obesity and poor nutrition can put them at even greater risk for vision loss.
Preserving your vision begins with quality preventative care. All women should make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam by the age of 40. At the appointment, your ophthalmologist can go over your medical history, family health history and risk for eye disease. The eye exam should include a vision evaluation, screening for glaucoma, and dilation of pupils to evaluate the health of the retina and optic nerve.
In addition to scheduling a complete eye exam, you can be proactive about your vision by:
- Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and zeaxanthin
- Limiting alcohol
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding sodium and caffeine
Make your vision a priority by scheduling an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam, and encourage your mom, sister, aunt or daughter to do the same. To find a board-certified ophthalmologist in your area, use our Physician Locator to find an eye care center near you.