April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Did you know April celebrates women’s eye health and safety month? To echo this vital initiative across Central Florida, MyEyeCare is sharing helpful information and guidelines relevant to the care and prevention of women’s eye health. Read on to find out more.
Studies Confirm It. Women Are at Higher Risk of Facing Eye Threatening Conditions
Recent scientific studies by the National Eye Institute (NEI), USC Roski Eye Institute, and World Health Organization (WHO) revealed women are more prone to suffer eye-threatening conditions and blindness than men. The figures are pretty dramatic. For instance, NEI’s findings state 2 out of 3 people living with eyesight disorders are women.
Women go through significant hormonal changes that predispose them to visual impairment or blindness.
The changes experienced during pregnancy and menopause can provoke ocular variations such as reduced intraocular pressure, refraction changes, worsened pre-existing visual problems, eye dryness, eye fatigue, eyelids swelling, glaucoma, myopia, increased blurred vision, double vision, and intolerance to light.
Women are also at higher risk of suffering from diabetes and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. These illnesses tend to affect vision integrity over time.
At last, and not to be discarded, the continuous exposure to the chemical agents present in cosmetics can cause skin irritation and severe eye infections such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis, especially when a hygienic makeup removal routine is not practiced.
Keys to Healthy Eyes
We can all plead guilty when it comes to admitting to paying little to no attention to eyesight protection and care. This tendency is actually a mind-blowing fact once we acknowledge that vision is the sense we rely on the most to gather information before or while carrying out any job or activity.
Reverting this reality is very easy if you follow these recommendations:
- Visit your optometrist at least once a year.
- Improve your eating habits by introducing a balanced diet.
- Incorporate Omega 3-rich food or supplements into your diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Minimize smoking -or simply quit it!.
- Protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays, both on sunny and cloudy days.
- If you wear eye makeup, apply non-expired, safe products and always remove them before bedtime.
- Practice stress-relieving activities.
Embracing Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month
Many vision and eye problems have no outward signs or symptoms, so it’s easy to be unaware that they exist. Embracing women’s eye health and safety month is a brave way to practice preventive care through eye and vision examinations, which are crucial for:
- Early diagnosis and treatment.
- Maintaining good vision and eye health.
- And, when possible, preventing loss of sight.
At MyEyeCare, Dr. Yunus and her team are proud to be a provider of comprehensive vision services to Casselberry and the surrounding communities in Central Florida. Leveraging advanced diagnostic technology, our attentive and qualified team delivers modern eye care services, including comprehensive eye exams, vision correction, and more. Want to make an appointment? Contact us today! We’ll be more than happy to offer you real and accessible solutions matched just for you.