More than 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, and the majority of these are women, according to Prevent Blindness America. April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a time to spread awareness about the eye health issues facing women.
Women are at a higher risk for vision loss from such diseases as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Other factors that can increase the risk for vision problems in women include:
- Poor nutrition
Berkeley Eye Center would like to join the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America this month to help encourage women to care for the health of their eyes.
Women often undergo vision changes during different stages of their lives. For example, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can lead to dry eye syndrome, and fertility treatments may cause light sensitivity due to migraines, dry and puffy eyes, and changes in eyesight.
As always, we want to encourage women (and men, as well!) to make it a priority to have an annual eye exam. A dilated exam is essential in maintaining the health of your eyes. So in honor of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, schedule a routine eye exam with a Houston optometrist at Berkeley Eye Center if it’s been more than a year and encourage the women in your life to do the same.