Do You See What I See?
A Woman’s Vision
- Women are at greater risk for vision loss than men.
- Women generally live longer than men, and because many eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are more common with age, women are more likely to be affected.
- Some eye conditions, such as dry eye syndrome, which can result in decreased vision, irritation, redness, and pain, are linked to hormonal changes across the life span of women, from pregnancy to post menopause. As women age, especially as they reach menopause, they can experience hormonal imbalances that can contribute to dry eye syndrome.
An Eye on the Future
- Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam, especially if it’s been some time since your last one.
- Use it or lose it: use protective eyewear or risk losing your vision. Sunglasses, goggles, or other protective eyewear should be used during high-risk indoor activities like working in a lab and outdoor activities like playing sports.
- Talk to your family to learn about your history of eye disease. Many eye diseases are hereditary, and it is important to share your family history with your eye care professional.
- Quit or never start smoking. Research has linked smoking to many eye conditions, like AMD, cataracts and glaucoma, which all can lead to blindness.
- Eat a vision-healthy diet. You might have heard carrots are good for your sight. But did you know that a diet rich in leafy greens, fruits, and even fish also has eye health benefits?
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight to decrease your chances not just for eye disease, but for developing other chronic conditions such as diabetes.