Did you know April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month? According to Prevent Blindness more women than men are at risk for vision loss from eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Also, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.
So how can you ensure your eyes are healthy? We asked Dr. Gloria Wu, Retina-Vitreous Surgeon from the Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, three easy steps women can take to stay on top of their eye health.
- The best thing women can do if they are concerned about their eyes is to schedule an exam with a local Ophthalmologist or Retinal Specialist. A comprehensive eye exam will help determine eye health and next steps in preventing any future vision impairments. As a Retina-Vitreous Surgeon, I have seen many cases where patients have waited and waited to share their concerns, where it becomes too late to restore their vision. If you are experiencing symptoms of blurry vision, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, have distortion or some other symptom, speak up. The more action you take now, the better your eye health will be in the future.
- Another step women can take in preserving their vision is to protection. Summer is almost here and most of us will want to enjoy the sun while we can, make sure your sunglasses protect against UVA/UVB rays to ensure your eyes are safe from any sun damage. Protecting your eyes also means, cleaning your contact lenses. Always apply your contact lenses before applying make-up to warrant clean placement with zero worry of unwanted debris ending up in your eyes.
- Lastly, a crucial step in keeping your eyes healthy is to eat right and keep up with your vitamins. As women, we tend to worry about others health, our kids, parents, partners, etc., but make sure you focus on yourself and add in powerful antioxidants to your diet. Eat your leafy greens, fruits and other vegetables. This will not only help preserve your eyesight, but your ultimate health.
Other factors in maintaining your eyesight includes, understanding your family history and quitting that bad habit of smoking, but to get yourself going in the right direction, start with step number one and visit your ophthalmologist for an eye exam.
A comprehensive eye exam typically involves dilation of the eye, but the RETeval device allows for a patient friendly test with no dilation required. See if your doctor has this device to ensure an easy, non-invasive eye exam.
Do you have questions for Dr. Wu? Feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.