April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. According to the CDC, two thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Here are some things women should know about their eye health.
- Women are at a greater risk for vision loss than men.
- Women generally live longer than men, and because many eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are more common with age, women are more likely to be affected.
- Some eye conditions are linked to hormonal changes across the life span of women, from pregnancy to post menopause. As women age, they can experience hormonal imbalances that can contribute to dry eye syndrome, which can result in decreased vision, irritation, redness and pain.
What can women do to protect their vision?
Get a comprehensive eye exam from an eye care professional.
Each eye should be closely examined for signs of common vision problems and eye diseases. Call your nearest McFarland Eye Center to set up an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists or optometrists.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
If you smoke, quit. If you don't, don't start. Talk to an eye care professional about supplements that may be beneficial for your eye health. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can be beneficial for your eyes, just as is the case for the rest of the body.
Wear eye protection and guard your eyes from harm.
Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a brimmed hat whenever you're outside. Talk to an eye care professional about using cosmetics and contact lenses safely.
Pregnant? Know what is means for your vision.
Expectant mothers should be aware of possible vision changes during pregnancy. Women who have been diagnosed with diabetes should get a full, dilated eye exam if they are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.