Due to the changes that affect a women’s body during their lifetime, they tend to be more susceptible to vision problems. According to the National Eye Institute, two thirds of blindness and other vision issues worldwide occur in women. More women are likely to be diagnosed with Glaucoma, Cataract and Age Related Macular Degeneration. Two important factors are that women tend to live longer than men and they go through hormonal changes that affect their vision.
- Birth control pills are known to cause blood clots and strokes which can cause vision problems, as well as, causing dry eyes.
- Pregnancy causes many changes in a women’s body including her eyes. Dry eyes, light sensitivity, prescription changes and eye puffiness are common eye problems.
- Menopause often causes dry eyes and uveitis which is an inflammation of the eye.
- Fertility drugs may cause spots in their vision
- Breast Cancer drug treatments cause many changes in the body including the eyes
- Autoimmune disease
Preventing vision problems in the future
- Attend your annual dilated eye exams with your eye physician
- Pregnant women should have their vision checked if they experience changes
- Eat healthy with plenty of vegetables and Omega 3 fatty acids. Lower your sodium and caffeine intake.
- No smoking
- Wear Sunglasses
- Use Artificial Tears to lubricate your eyes on a regular basis
Your sight is a precious gift requires tender loving care. Preventative measures are easy and effective. Do not neglect visiting your eye doctor on a regular basis. A healthy lifestyle will benefit your overall health as well as your eyes.