Diabetic Retinopathy and Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

April 3, 2019 Jeanette Stern

Did you know that April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month? Prevent Blindness America has designated the month of April as the month that is dedicated to spreading awareness and educating everyone on the different eye health issues that women face on a daily basis. This month has been designated in response to the statistics that prove that women are impacted by impairment and blindness at a greater rate than men. 

While it is important to spread awareness about the various eye health issues that people of all genders and ages face on a daily basis, we use this month to ensure that more women are made aware of the various eye health issues they could face. 

Why Do More Women Suffer Vision Impairment and Vision Loss?

Many vision issues are related to age, and these vision problems can include cataracts and other issues. Since women are outliving men, it is not uncommon for women to suffer from vision impairment and vision loss as they become older. Vision problems can also arise from other issues, such as hormones. As women become older and go through menopause, they may suffer from dry eye syndrome.

There are also diseases that more women suffer from than men, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Due to these illnesses, many women will also experience a variety of side effects that include vision impairment and vision loss. Unfortunately, many women will overlook their health issues due to the high-level of responsibilities they take on daily.

Make An Appointment With Your Eye Doctor

It is important that you make regular visits to see your eye doctor. We recommend that everyone receives an eye exam by the time they reach the age of 40. Women should not only receive a comprehensive eye exam, but they should also make sure they receive the recommended follow-up care. If you do not currently have an eye doctor, it is recommended that you find an eye doctor who will be able to fulfill your vision needs.

Do You Suffer From Dry Eyes?

Did you know that millions of women and men suffer from dry eyes? If you are suffering from a dry eye condition, we encourage you to talk to your eye care provider about the appropriate lenses. If you prefer to wear contacts, there are contact lenses that will provide you with the comfort you need if you are experiencing discomfort related to dry eyes. 

Fighting Eye Disease

Women who are pregnant and suffering from diabetes should make sure they visit their eye doctor during their pregnancy because there is a higher risk of having diabetic retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels are not properly controlled and if your blood pressure levels are elevated, this can increase your risk of vision loss and vision impairment from diabetic retinopathy. We encourage you to make sure you keep your blood sugar levels within the recommended range. 

Diabetic retinopathy can be found when you are given a comprehensive eye exam that involves dilation. When you are given a dilated eye exam, your doctor will be able to check for any unusual changes in your eyes, damage to your nerve tissues, or any leaks in your blood vessels. 

Are you worried about any of the health issues that are common in women? Are you worried that you may be at risk for vision loss or vision impairment? We recommend that you do not delay scheduling an appointment any longer. There are people who are committed to helping you maintain the best overall eye health.

Every year in April, physicians all across the world will do what they can to increase the awareness of common eye diseases that have an impact on women. While many common eye diseases cannot be cured, these eye diseases can be properly treated or they can be prevented with early detection and intervention. 

Avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, using eyeglasses and contacts safely, and wearing proper safety glasses are all things you can do to reduce your risk of developing any of the long lists of common eye diseases. Contact us today for more information on Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.



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