April – Women’s Eye Health Month
In an effort to increase awareness and stress the importance of eye health in women, Prevent Blindness America designated the month of April Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Unfortunately, women are more prone to eye problems than men. When it comes to the visually impaired and blind population in the US, 2/3 of those people are women. This is why it’s important to create awareness and promote eye health in women. Here at My Eyelab, we’ve created a guide detailing the causes of eye problems in women and how to prevent these potential issues.
Causes of Eye Problems
The most common eye issues that women experience are glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. This is due to the fact that women live longer than men and the hormonal fluctuations that their bodies experience throughout their lives. Some other reasons as to why women experience eye issues are:
- Birth Control/Hormone Replacement Therapy: These have been known to cause blood clots and strokes, which have been known to lead to vision problems. They also increase the chances of dry eye and cataracts.
- Pregnancy: Can cause dry eye syndrome, light sensitivity, prescription changes, and eye puffiness. If high blood pressure is experienced while pregnant, it can cause blurry vision and retinal detachment.
- Menopause: When going through menopause, some women may experience dry eye syndrome and uveitis, which is eye inflammation.
- Fertility drugs: Taking fertility drugs may cause blurry spots in the vision.
- Breast Cancer: Taking drugs to prevent breast cancer, may increase your chances of developing cataracts, eye bleeds, itchy eyes and light sensitivity.
- Autoimmune Diseases: Women who experience autoimmune diseases are prone to developing eye issues.
Preventing Eye Issues
Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam every year is a way to prevent potential eye issues, and detect them early on. Other ways in which to prevent potential eye issues:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Not smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Getting a dilated eye exam every year
- If pregnant, visit your eye doctor regularly.
Need an eye exam? Schedule your next eye exam at a My Eyelab location near you!