Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month is to inform women and others of the risks that women are facing with their vision. Two-thirds of blindness and visual impairment cases occurs in women. More women are at risk than men for vision loss from eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Facts about Women’s Eye Health and Safety
• Women who experience menopause at an early age may experience eye syndrome and eye inflammation.
• Women who experience autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome are more likely to experience a negative impact on their eyes.
• Pregnant women can experience dry eye syndrome, light sensitivity, and eye puffiness.
• Birth control/hormone replacement therapy can cause dry eye syndrome as well as cataracts.
• Quit smoking if you’re a smoker, smoking increases chances of getting an eye disease.
• Annual eye exam, regular dilated eye exams help to monitor your vision status.
• Eating a healthy diet that included but not limited to, water intake, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E.
• Make sure to always wear UV eye protection when outdoors.
According to the data from the Prevent Blindness study, “The Future of Vision: Forecasting and Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” found that women make up the majority of 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.