In addition to other health challenges unique to women, women experience and suffer from a higher rate of eye disease than men. Women are more likely to have glaucoma, develop cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and even have a higher prevalence of dry eye. And in addition to all these conditions, most of which are likely to set in later in life, women can also experience changes in vision while they are pregnant or progressing through menopause.
There are a few reasons why women are more likely to experience eye problems. One reason is simple, and that is because women tend to live longer than men. Eye disease becomes more prevalent in old age.
Another reason is because women are more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that may affect vision. Also, eye problems can develop because of the age-related hormonal changes naturally occurring in a woman’s body.
To promote women’s health month, it’s important to get regular eye exams. Especially with older age, it’s important to keep to a schedule predetermined between a woman and her eye doctor at Vision Optical. It’s important to quit smoking, and to use beauty products such eye cosmetics safely. It’s important for everyone to learn as much as possible about their family history, because genetics factor prominently in the potential for development of eye disease.
And it’s also important for a woman undergoing hormonal changes such as those occurring during pregnancy and menopause, to pay close attention and to be aware of any possible changes in vision. If any changes are suspected, regardless if it’s the appropriate time for a scheduled exam, she should still schedule a visit to have her eyes checked by her eye doctor at Vision Optical.
If women are proactive in their eye health then it’s possible to lessen or slow the disastrous effects of eye-related disease with early detection and proper treatment from their eye doctor at Vision Optical.