April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April is women's eye health and safety month

Did you know that worldwide, two-thirds of people affected by vision loss are women?

This is likely because women live longer than men and, therefore, are more susceptible to age-related eye disease.

At 90 and older, there are five times as many women living as men. Recent studies have shown that more women than men suffer from age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, the four leading eye diseases in the United States. Women are also at higher risk to develop sight-threatening autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Following things you can do to help maintain good vision:

Monitor your vision: Check it often, and check it one eye at a time. If you notice a change in your vision, please notify your eye doctor right away.

Do not smoke: Smoking significantly increases the risk of complications with certain eye diseases, especially in women.

Eat a well-balanced diet: Eat leafy green vegetables, oily fish, and fruits. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in slowing down the progression of many eye diseases. If you choose to take vitamin supplements, please make sure to consult your doctor.

Exercise: This will aid in maintaining a healthy weight and good cardiovascular health. Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can lead to specific vision complications.

Control your diabetes: If you have it-Uncontrolled diabetes can cause permanent damage to eye structures.

Wear sunglasses with UV protection: This can slow down the progression rate of cataracts.

Educate yourself: About the possibility of a family history of eye disease and about eye diseases associated with your general health issues.

See your medical doctor regularly: Routine physicals can lead to early diagnosis of potentially sight threatening diseases.

To read the original article published on news-press.com written by Dr Tom Ghuman, click here

As april is considered women eye health and safety month, stop in at any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location for eye exam and get additional 10% off. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Melbourne
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106 Melbourne, FL 32935
321-259-3935

Orange City
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Orange City, FL. 32763
386-774-5000

Winter Park/Orlando
20/20 Eyeglass Superstore Inc
1555 Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park , FL , 32792
407 767 5600

20/20 Eyeglass Superstore Inc

1555 Semoran Blvd.

Winter Park , FL , 32792

407 767 5600

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