Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems than men? Vision problems ranging from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) to Cataracts more commonly occur in women than men (Prevent Blindness America – SeeJaneSee.com).
Graphic provided by: http://seejanesee.preventblindness.org/
To spread awareness, Prevent Blindness America has dedicated April as National Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.
When polled, 91% of American women didn’t know that they were at a higher risk for vision loss and vision problems than men. Prevent Blindness America is dedicated on spreading the word and fixing this statistic!
Through their website, www.seejanesee.com, women can learn about their risks, educate themselves, and learn how to prevent vision loss.
Here are 9 helpful tips for prevention!
- Take care of your health by quitting smoking.
- Take nutritional supplements.
- If you are an expectant mother, talk to your OBGYN (and eye doctor) about vision changes to expect during pregnancy.
- If you have diabetes or gestational diabetes, visit your eye doctor (to check for vision complications related to diabetes).
- Use cosmetics safely.
- Wear contact lenses safely.
- Always wear UV blocking eye wear outside.
- Learn of any family history of eye disease and share with your eye doctor.
- Get a dilated eye exam every year! (Prevention is key!)
You can also learn more by completing Prevent Blindness America’s – Adult Vision Risk Assessment. Share your results with your eye doctor.
Is it time for your annual, comprehensive eye exam? Call our office today, 734-422-5855. We can’t wait to see you!
~Dr. Marvin Levine, OD and the LECC Team