April is both Women’s Eye Health Month and Sports Eye Safety Month; for this blog we are focusing on Women’s Eye Health. Worldwide two-thirds of women experience eye related problems of blindness and visual impairments. There are various reasons why and we will review them.
- Women tend to live longer than men and with aging comes various eye health issues such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
- Pregnancy can also put a women at risk of eye problems. According to Friends For Sight, “dry eye syndrome, light sensitivity, prescription changes, and eye puffiness are the most common eye problems seen in pregnant. women. Migraines are common with pregnant women, which can cause light sensitivity. Higher blood pressure during pregnancy can cause blurry vision and retinal detachment.”
- The use of birth control pills or hormones can cause strokes or blood clots which can effect vision. BCP/HRT also increase the chances of dry eye and catracts.
- Menopause increases the risk of dry eye syndrome and eye inflammation.
- Autoimmune Diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren’s syndrome negatively impact the eyes and vision.
An eye annual exam can help to prevent or at least lessen eye health issues. Your ophthalmologist can also give you advice on how a healthy living style: quit smoking, exercise, healthy diet can help you maintain healthy vision. A diet rich in water intake, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and zeaxanthin will help you maintain healthy vision. It also recommended to limit sodium and caffeine.
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