April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month and we want to utilize this opportunity to spread awareness about women’s eye safety. Did you know that women suffer from vision problems way more than men and have a greater risk of permanent vision loss than men?  In a recent survey, 91% of the women responded they didn’t know that and this just shows how many women are not aware of eye safety and not taking the precautions needed.

According to a study, the statistics for many of the major eye conditions show that women have a higher percentage of incidence than men. These include:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (65%)
  • Glaucoma (61%)
  • Cataracts (61%)
  • Vision Impairment (63%)
  • Refractive Error (56%)

Besides. women are more sensitive to developing chronic dry eye, partly because it is often associated with other health issues that are more common in women like ocular rosacea, which is 3 times more prevalent in women. Furthermore, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause also contribute to dry eyes.

Here are some tips that can help you to protect your eye health and save your vision:

  • Try to find out as much as you can about your family history of eye diseases.
  • Wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from the sun.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat a healthy diet with proper nutrition.
  • Adhere to contact lens hygiene. 
  • Adhere to cosmetic hygiene. 
  • Protect your eyes from overexposure to blue light from computers.
  • If you are pregnant, consult an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam because diabetic retinopathy can accelerate quickly during pregnancy. 

Mothers are often so busy caring for the eye health of the entire family, they ignore their own eye health. Mothers need to take care of their eyes and overall health so that they are healthy and fit enough to care for their loved ones.

Speak to your optometrist about personal eye health and vision risks and the precautions and measures you should take to protect your eyes. Share your knowledge with other women you know. Some eye diseases cause irreversible vision loss and the only way to prevent this is to spread awareness about eye care.

The most important way to prevent vision loss is regular comprehensive eye exams. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear as many eye diseases don’t show warning signs.

To book a comprehensive eye exam with our experts at Advanced Eye Clinic contact us today.