Women’s Eye Health Month
April is not only Sports Eye Injury Prevention Month, it is also Women’s Eye Health Month. It is a known fact that women are more likely than men to develop an eye problem. It is estimated that 2/3 of visually impaired or blind people in the US are women. This fact is due to the fact that women tend to live longer than men and the hormonal fluctuations their bodies experience. That’s why it’s important to create awareness and stress the importance of good eye health for women.
Causes for Eye Problems
The most common eye problems women encounter are glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. The main reasons as to why these eye issues occur are:
- Birth Control/Hormone Replacement Therapy: These are known to cause blood clots and strokes which are known to lead to vision problems.
- Pregnancy: While pregnant, some women may experience dry eye syndrome, light sensitivity, prescription changes, and the eyes can become puffy.
- Menopause: When women go through menopause, they may experience dry eye syndrome and eye inflammation.
- Fertility drugs: Taking fertility drugs may cause spots in the vision.
- Breast Cancer: Drugs taken to prevent breast cancer may increase your chances of developing cataracts, eye bleeds, itchy eyes and light sensitivity.
- Autoimmune Diseases: Women who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis are prone to developing eye issues.
Preventing Eye Problems
Maintaining overall health is a good way to prevent potential eye problems. Other ways in which to prevent developing eye issues are:
- Regular comprehensive eye exams
- Visiting your eye doctor regularly when pregnant
- Healthy diet
- Getting a dilated eye exam every year
- Not smoking
- Regular exercise
If it’s been some time since your last eye exam, it’s time to schedule your FREE eye exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!