The goal of Women’s Eye Health Month is to bring awareness to what we can do today to protect our vision for tomorrow. According to the National Eye Institute, women are more likely than men to have vision problems, such as; dry eye, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. We can probably thank hormones for most of that, but also our longer life expectancy. The best way for us to prevent blindness is from early detection of these vision problems during annual eye exams.
Other things we can do to protect our eyes include:
• UV protection: Wear your sunglasses!
• Healthy Diet: Including omega-3s, lutein, & zeaxanthin.
• Quit Smoking; Smoking & Secondhand smoke increases your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
• Use Contact Lenses & Cosmetics Safely