Are Women Predisposed to Eye Disease

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Studies show that women are more likely to suffer from eye-related problems than men. Women need to be more vigilant with their eye care. Two thirds of blindness and visual impairment worldwide occur in women. That is 66% of blind patients are women.

Top eye related risks for women:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) 65% of cases
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma (65%)
  • Dry eye occurs at double the rate in post-menopausal women

In general women are more susceptible to auto immune diseases that affect vision, than men.

Diseases like:

  • Lupus
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Hyper thyroiditis
  • Pregnancy can cause changes in vision due to hormonal changes.

Why are women at higher risk?

  • Women live longer-age plays a role in vision problems.
  • hormones
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Lifestyle choices-Stop smoking, eat healthier, protect your eyes from UV rays.

It has been estimated that 75% of blindness and vision loss can be prevented or is treatable.

Prevention:

  1. Have a comprehensive eye exam including dial action and a health scan of the eye.
  2. Be aware of family history.
  3. Switch to a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Protect your eye from UV rays with sunglasses and other dangers such as flying debris by wearing Googles.

 

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Sources:

www.aao.org

www.visionsource.com

www.yoursightmatters.com

 

 

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