Did you know that 4 million Americans over the age of 40 who are blind or suffer from visual impairment are women? Here are five tips for women to be better educated and prepared to best address their eye health!
1. Women Are At Higher Risk for Vision Loss
When it comes to vision loss resulting from cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration, women are at a much higher risk than men.
2. More Women Deal with Dry Eye
Dry eye is a common eye problem many millions of Americans deal with. More than 3 million women, as opposed to about 1.5 million men, suffer from dry eye, and most who experience it will do so after menopause. Risks for eye surface damage resulting from dry eye is most likely to occur in women who go through premature menopause.
3. Pregnancy and Vision Problems
Pregnant women may experience vision changes. Among those changes, pregnant women may experience puffy eyelids, dry eyes, and even refractive changes. Fluctuating hormones can cause vision changes and fluctuation, which is why LASIK eye surgery is not recommended for those who are pregnant. Pregnant women are advised to bring any vision changes to their doctor’s attention.
4. Healthy Lifestyle = Healthier Eyes for Women
Exercising regularly, eating healthy (making sure to include vision-rich foods in your diet, of course), and avoiding smoking are just a few ways that women can strive to live the healthiest lifestyle possible in order to lessen their risk for vision and eye problems. Did you know that 1/3 of the cases of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration may be related to smoking? If you smoke, it’s time to talk to your doctor about resources to help you quit. Your eye doctor at Stahl Eyecare can also counsel you on the right steps to take regarding healthy eating and starting an exercise program.
5. Wear Your Cutest Shades
Wearing UV eye protection while out in the sun can help reduce your risk for vision changes, and potential vision loss from age-related vision conditions.
6. Women Are Most Often the Caregiver
Women are not only responsible for taking care of their own general health and vision, but they are also more often taking on the role of the caregiver. This means that women are responsible for general health, vision, and eye health for their significant others, children, and aging parents and in-laws. When a woman prioritizes her vision health, those who depend on her also benefit.
Knowledge is Power
The risk factors for premature blindness and vision impairment are equivalent to those for premature death related to cancer and heart disease. If you quit smoking (or never start), maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays when out of doors, you’ll significantly lessen your risk for vision problems, and benefit your overall health!
Are you wondering if your vision health is up to par? Feel free to schedule a consultation with one of the friendly doctors at Stahl Eyecare!