Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.,*
April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
It seems that it is an unavoidable fact of life that women have been found more likely to suffer from vision related issues than men. Two thirds of visual impairments and blindness across the world occur in women. According to various eye institutes, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute, the reason for this is, in part, because women are prone to living longer than men. As such, their ability to reach later ages make them far more susceptible to eye diseases that are related to age. Fortunately, Nevada Eye & Ear’s eye doctors are dedicated to caring for your vision health, and as such they are promoting April as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, encouraging women to care for their eyes. Your Eyes and Age By the age of ninety, there are five times as many women living than men. Studies conducted in the recent years have discovered that far more women in comparison to men will suffer from macular degeneration related to glaucoma, cataracts, and even diabetic retinopathy. These three diseases are the most common for individuals relating to vision conditions in the United States. What's more, women are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases that can affect sight, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In an attempt to help educate women on preventing vision loss, Nevada Eye & Ear eye doctors help provide information about maintaining their site. If you are forty and over, you should ensure that you make it a priority to ask Nevada Eye & Ear eye doctors about getting a dilated eye exam to prevent the onset of vision loss. It is also essential to make sure that these exams are carried out whenever a change in vision capacity or capability is detected. Maintaining Your Vision Nevada Eye & Ear eye doctors have recommended various measures that can be taken to protect your vision. For example:
- Always monitor your vision. Be sure that you never ignore any issues that you start to have with your sight. If you notice a change, you should contact your eye doctor immediately.
- Reduce your smoking habits. Smoking is a factor that can significantly increase the risk of issues with certain diseases related to the eyes, especially in women.
- Exercising frequently helps to maintain a healthy weight and promote acute cardiovascular health. High blood pressure, obesity, and significantly high levels of cholesterol can all result in problems with vision.
- Educate yourself. One of the best things that you can do for your vision is to learn as much as possible about your personal history. Find out all of the issues that have been recorded in your family regarding vision, and learn more about them so that you can pinpoint symptoms if and when they happen.
- See an expert regularly. Frequent appointments with Nevada Eye & Ear can help to encourage early diagnosis of diseases that threaten your sight. The quicker they're noticed, the faster they can be treated.
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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into fee for service business models.