Prevent Blindness America has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to help educate women about the steps that they must take to help prevent vision loss by making their own eye health a priority. While the following recommendations apply to all, during April, the emphasis is on women so that they remember to take care of themselves as well as their families.
Also, two thirds of those patients who are legally blind or visually impaired in the USA are women even though only 53% of the nation is made up of women. In the USA, this is more commonly due to age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, autoimmune disease and dry eye. According to the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, the reason for this is likely because women live longer than men and, therefore, are more susceptible to age-related eye disease. Globally, it is due to lack of access to health care.
Many causes of eyesight problems could be prevented. Women should have an annual eye examination as part of their health routine to minimize the risk. It is recommended that all women receive a comprehensive eye examination by the age of 40 if not sooner and obtain routine follow-up care as recommended by their eye care professional.
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