Due to the changes that affect a woman’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.