Revised and Updated by Seth Preston on: February, 2021
Often, we wonder how our female cohabitants see the world- but are they seeing the world through a healthy lens?
April is National Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, where we observe a handful of the ocular problems and afflictions that affect the women we look up to, work beside, and love. The event was created and sponsored by Prevent Blindness America.
These 2016 statistics from the Women’s Eye Health website highlight some rather upsetting facts:
- 2/3 of blindness and visual impairments occur in women
- More than 3/4 of visual impairment is estimated to be preventable or correctable
- 1/3 of age-related macular disease and cataract may be due to smoking
- 4/5 of blindness and visual impairment occurs in developing countries
- Women’s Eye Health was formed in response to these troubling facts.
Why does this month highlight women’s eye health in particular? Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to have problems with the eye. Glaucoma, cataracts, AMD, and even blindness are among the medical issues that the women in our lives may face.
There are gender-inclusive contributing factors as to why women are prone to dealing with eye problems:
- Pregnancy is a turbulent change in a woman’s life, thus leaving the body open for dry eye syndrome and light sensitivity.
- Dry eye syndrome is a problem that women undergoing menopause may face.
- Women that take fertility drugs are susceptible to spots in their vision.
April, coincidentally, is also Sjogren’s Awareness Month. Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that destroys glands in the eye and mouth, is more prevalent in women.
Leading a health-conscious life can help prevent eye problems not only for women, but for anyone. That includes seeing your eye doctor regularly, visiting your health care professional, and eating healthy.
The women in our lives are truly inspiring in the face of adversity. National Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month is a meaningful tribute to the women who see the world with a clear, loving view.
At Trial Runners, Eye Health and Safety is a priority. We invite you to observe your ocular health by visiting your eye doctor regularly.