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Women often manage family health concerns and tend to put off their own health until something is really wrong. This week’s blog focuses on women’s eye health and issues.

Hormonal changes, age and smoking can endanger sight. Women have greater instances of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract. Two-Thirds of blindness and visual impairment occur in women. Women have greater instances of eye disorders because they live longer, are greater risk for autoimmune diseases, are more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that may affect vision, and experience normal age-related hormonal changes that may affect their eyes.

As women age, it is increasingly important to have regular eye exams to detect age-related eye diseases early.  You can take steps to care for and protect your eyes by:

  • Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
  • Living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Knowing your family healthy history.
  • Using protective eyewear.
  • Wearing sunglasses.

We ask all women to take the time and make appointments to get your check-ups because your health is the most important gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. 

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