Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
April 6th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates
April has been designated as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to educate women about the steps they can take today to help preserve vision in the future. Of the 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind, 2.6 million are women. A recent study found that more women than men have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, the four leading eye diseases in the country. According to the National Eye Institute, the causes are primarily due to longevity as well as hormonal factors.
The first thing every woman should do, especially those ages 40 and older, is get a dilated eye exam. It is also important to have a dilated eye exam any time a change in vision is detected.
Additional tips for maintaining healthy vision include:
- Do not smoke: Smoking significantly increases the risk of complications with certain eye diseases, especially in women.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eating a diet rich in water intake, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids will help you maintain healthy vision. Also remember to keep your diet low in sodium and caffeine.
- Control your diabetes if you have it. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause permanent damage to eye structures.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection. This can slow down the progression rate of cataracts.
- Educate yourself about the possibility of a family history of eye disease and about eye diseases associated with your general health issues.
For more information, call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-2100 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357.
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