Did you know women are more susceptible to visual impairment? In fact, women represent:
- Two-thirds of blind and visually impaired people around the world
- Over 700,000 of 1 million legally blind Americans
- 2.3 of 3.4 million Americans suffering from a visual impairment
Why is there a discrepancy? In industrialized countries, more women experience age-related eye conditions because they have a longer life span than men according to the Women’s Eye Health Organization. On the other hand, women are more vulnerable to infectious diseases and have less access to medical care in some developing countries. Hormonal factors also play a role.
A few eye conditions that effect more women than men in the U.S. are:
One of the most important ways women, especially those ages 40 and older, can take care of their eye health is by getting an annual comprehensive eye exam, which includes dilation. Comprehensive eye exams allow for the early detection and treatment of vision problems as well as other serious health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. If you experience decreased vision, eye pain, drainage from the eye, redness in the eye, or double vision, then immediately visit your eye doctor.