Prevent Blindness declared that April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a time to focus on the unique eye health concerns that women face. Women are more likely to develop many major vision problems than men, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, refractive error, and thyroid eye disease. To bring awareness to these health concerns, we will explore the importance of eye care in women and provide tips for maintaining healthy eyes.
Women and Vision Health
As mentioned earlier, women are at a higher risk for certain eye diseases. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can also affect a woman’s vision. Women are also more likely to suffer from dry eye syndrome, which can cause discomfort and affect vision. The use of makeup and contact lenses can also contribute to eye infections if not used properly. Even though women are at a higher risk of several eye diseases, some simple tips can prevent eye health concerns.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Eyes
Regular eye exams are essential for the early detection of eye conditions, allowing for prompt treatment and preventing vision loss. Women over the age of 40 should have a comprehensive eye exam every 2-4 years, and women with existing eye conditions or risk factors should have exams more frequently.
In addition to regular eye exams, practicing good eye hygiene is important for maintaining good eye health. This includes washing your hands before touching your eyes, removing makeup before going to bed, and avoiding smoking.
Certain lifestyle changes can also help prevent and manage vision problems in women. Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, including lutein and zeaxanthin, can help protect against age-related macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim can help protect against UV rays and prevent cataracts. Taking breaks and using the 20-20-20 rule (looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes) can help prevent eyestrain and refractive errors associated with prolonged computer use.
Educating Women on Eye Safety
As optical professionals, it is important to educate women on eye safety. This includes providing information on proper hygiene when using contact lenses and makeup, as well as the importance of protecting their eyes from UV rays. Encouraging women to have regular eye exams and providing resources can also help promote eye health.
A Clear Focus
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is an important reminder of the need for women to prioritize their eye health. By scheduling regular eye exams, practicing good eye hygiene, and making lifestyle changes, women can help prevent and manage the most common vision problems they face. If your practice needs products or services to provide the best care for your patients, contact us at Allentown Optical for high-quality, five-star products.