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Women are 2/3 More Likely to Suffer Vision Loss -Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month Highlights Unique Eye Care Needs

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Did you know women are 2/3 more likely than men to experience vision loss? In addition to experiencing and increased incidence for vision problems, women are at greater risk for unique health issues related to hormone levels, which can fluctuate throughout pregnancy and menopause.

Women have a higher prevalence of major eye diseases, such as: Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Refractive Error, and issues resulting from Thyroid Eye Disease or other Autoimmune Diseases. 

For most women, the key to overall eye health and preventing possible vision loss is simply early and consistent care and treatment.

MOA’s Medical Optometrists are committed to being the primary care doctors for your eyes. In addition to scheduling your Annual Eye Physical, women need to be proactive in communicating and being seen for any symptoms or eye-related challenges. Here are a few additional tips women and all patients need to consider:

  • Protect your eyes from the sun by wearing 100% UV blocking sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Limit screen time and take breaks frequently when using computers or cell phones. 
  • Don’t smoke and maintain a healthy diet with proper nutrition.
  • Ensure proper contact lens hygiene.
  • Use eye safe makeup products and proper facial hygiene.
  • Talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, especially if you have diabetes, which can affect your eye health

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is a great reminder for you (and other women in your life) to schedule regular eye exams—much like annual physicals, OBGYN appointments or mammograms!

Too often, women are focused more on managing the health of their parents, partners and children and this month is a great reminder that caring for yourself is so important. Take the first step in taking control of your eye health and overall health and schedule your appointment with Medical Optometry America today. 

Written by Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell

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