April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted on April 6th, 2011 by clvc

More women than men are diagnosed with glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome.  Women may experience changes in vision in various stages of their lives, especially during pregnancy and post-menopause. 

Did you know?

  • • Two thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women
  • • Three quarters of visual impairment is estimated to be preventable or correctable
  • • Over 70% of legally blind people are women
  • • One third of age-related macular disease and cataract may be due to smoking

Many causes of eyesight problems are preventable.  These risk factors include smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, UV rays and obesity. 

Women have organized national Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in response to these troubling facts and to promote the value of healthy eyesight.  Since women, on average, live longer than men, they bear more of a burden on the healthcare system and need special care.  Treatment and even prevention are readily available, so it’s imperative to remain educated and examined by your doctor

For more information, go to Women’s Eye Health.