April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Of course, our goal is to protect everyone’s vision, but did you know, hormonal changes, age and smoking can endanger sight?
According to a 2015 study conducted by the Prevent Blindness organization, a larger percentage of women than men develop age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Many of these diseases are not curable. However, the severity of their symptoms can be reduced through early diagnosis and treatment. With a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year, we can help with the progression of these diseases.
In a recent online survey, 25% of female participants reported they had not scheduled an eye exam in the last two years! The leading reasons in which these women were unable to receive an eye exam were listed as cost, lack of transportation, and conflicting schedules. Please note, we accept all major vision insurance plans and allow walk-ins. Results from the survey also noted that over 86% of participants who took the survey mistakenly believed women are at equal risk to suffer from permanent vision loss as men.
In order to better educate the public about the risks associated with women’s eye health, the Prevent Blindness organization dedicated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The group’s educational platform is centered around creating useful tips for women to help take precautionary measures with their eye health such as:
- Understanding their families’ medical history
- Giving up smoking
- Protecting oneself against UV rays using proper sunglasses
If you are concerned about a female loved one, or have questions about how to protect your own eye health call or visit your local Nationwide Vision. Our expert staff would be happy to schedule you an exam with one of the professional and caring doctors of Nationwide Optometry.