According to the Women’s Eye Health organization, two-thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in females. Even more startling are the results from, a Harris Poll conducted in January 2014 year that revealed 91 percent of women in the United States didn’t know they had an elevated risk of permanent vision loss.
Women are more likely to suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular denegation and diabetic retinopathy. They are also more likely to develop autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis which can negatively impact one’s eyes.
In honor of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, we are encouraging women to get routine eye exams. These appointments accomplish more than just measuring the need for glasses or contact lenses. Eye doctors also check for eye diseases, evaluate coordination and efficiency, and look for signs of overall health. More specifically, comprehensive eye exams may include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
- Measurements of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia to help determine the proper prescription to correct vision at all distances.
- Testing to make sure both eyes work well together for comfortable and efficient vision. This ability is essential for optimum performance with visually demanding tasks such as reading, driving and working on a computer.
- The identification of the early stages of many eye diseases. Conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration may develop slowly over many years without any noticeable effects. Yet, early identification and treatment of these diseases allows the best chance to preserve vision for a lifetime.
- The observation of signs of other health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, high cholesterol, Myasthenia Gravis, thyroid disease and many other diseases, which could lead to a referral to a primary care physician or specialist for further testing.
- Answering any questions or concerns.
Women – don’t delay. Make an appointment with an eye doctor today. To find one in your area, click here and gain access to Advantica’s complete listing of vision care providers.