Women’s Eye Health

Women’s Eye Health

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According to womenseyehealth.org, women account for more than two-thirds of the world’s population of blind and visually impaired persons. In this blog, we’ll discuss eye conditions that predominantly affect women, and the steps that you or the women in your life can take to stay healthy. 

Common eye diseases

Women are at a greater risk for a number of common eye diseases. These include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Age Related Macular degeneration (ARMD)
  • Cataracts
  • Dry eye disease

This disparity in incidence of eye disease can be attributed to several factors. To start, women have longer lifespans, which means they are more likely to develop age-related diseases, such as ARMD and cataracts. Additionally, hormone levels contribute to women’s overall eye health. These levels change throughout the course of a woman’s life, leading to problems such as dry eye disease and vascular problems. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to complications such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes which can cause eye and vision damage. Women are also more likely to develop auto-immune diseases such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, which may lead to serious vision problems. 

Women in Alaska

According to data from Prevent Blindness America, women account for a majority of cases of eye or vision problems in Alaskans over 40. 

Infographic from preventblindness.org

Prevent Blindness America 2012

Protect your eyes

There are steps that women can take to keep their eyes and vision safe. The best way to keep your eyes healthy is by having an annual eye exam. While it is important for all women to have a yearly exam,women over 40 should be especially diligent about routine eye care. Additional steps women can take include: 

  • Don’t smoke
  • Wear sunglasses or hats when outdoors to protect eyes from UV
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Know your family history of medical and eye conditions
  • Use cosmetics that are safe for your eyes
  • If you are diabetic, work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar under control
  • Take all eye medications as prescribed by your doctor
  • Talk to your doctor to make sure you are getting optimal levels of nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D

There is no replacement for healthy eyesight. Stay on top of your eye health with an annual eye exam. To schedule, call or text (907) 328-2920. To learn more about your eyes, visit the blog section of our website at https://mountainvieweyes.com/blog/.

Sources:

Women’s Eye Health http://www.w-e-h.org/

Prevent Blindness America, Vision Problems in the US, http://www.visionproblemsus.org/index/state-summaries/alaska.html, 2012

Written By: 

Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC

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