Prevent Blindness has declared April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate the public on the increased risk for women and vision health issues, as well as steps that can be taken to prevent vision loss.
Women also a higher chance of autoimmune diseases that can cause major vision problems, including:
– Age-related macular degeneration (thinning part of the retina that can cause blurred vision)
– Autoimmune diseases
– Dry eye
– Low vision
– Thyroid eye disease
– Refractive error (such as astigmatisms and myopias)
Why are women more susceptible to vision problems?
Women play a large role in the sustainability of any community. Gender disparities and socioeconomic differences can impact eye health for women. While women are more likely to use eyewear, they might be less likely to look into any discomfort, blurred vision or pain they might be having that could be symptoms of a larger issue.
Women’s hormones can also cause fluctuations and changes to their eyes and vision in unpredictable ways. All bodies are different and not everyone will experience vision problems in this way, but it’s important to be aware of this.
There is also so much going on right now as we all work hard to stay healthy and safe during the pandemic. We know that COVID-19 has been very hard on our society and for women. Added stresses around maintaining work, life, careers, and family can make it easy to forget that women need to take care of their eye health consistently.
Ways women can prevent vision loss:
Look for signs/changes in your vision Protect your eyes from harmful UV light Book regular eye exams with us!
It’s important for everyone, especially women, to take care of their eye health and detect issues early. Book your eye exam with your Beyond Vision optometrist here.