Women’s Eye Health

women-4The majority of people who are blind are women!

This is partly because women live longer than men so they are exposed to more serious age-related diseases that can result in blindness.

However, many women don’t realize how important regular eye examinations are for detecting eye diseases like glaucoma.

Hormonal changes throughout a woman’s lifetime can also affect how well her eyes function.

Prevention

Get regular eye exams, particularly if:

You are over the age of 40
You have diabetes or an autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus erythematosus)
You have a family history of eye disease, for example, glaucoma

Know the symptoms

Contact an eye doctor immediately if you have any of the following eye symptoms:
Redness and fluid discharge
Loss of vision in one or both eyes
Persistent eye pain
Double vision
Flashing lights or objects that appear to float in your vision, such as small black spots or small fluffy objects resembling cobwebs

Protect yourself

Good diet and frequent exercise result in optimum body weight and prevent type II diabetes, which can result in eye-related illnesses.

Don’t smoke. Smoking increases your risk for eye-related illnesses.
Wear sunglasses to prevent damage from harmful UV rays.
Wear protective eyewear for sports and risky work activities involving grinding or exposure to chemicals.

Finding additional information
On the Web
Women’s Eye Health
www.womenseyehealth.org

National Women’s Health Report: Women and Eye Health at Midlife. October 2003 available at http://findarticles.com
Article published in “You and your Health – A woman’s guide”

submitted by Dr. Mary Lou Riederer