National Women’s Eye Health Month
Every year in April, we celebrate Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to raise awareness about the importance of eye health and safety for women. According to the National Eye Institute, women are more likely to suffer from eye diseases than men, and they are also more likely to be visually impaired or blind.
Because of changes in estrogen levels, women’s eye health might fluctuate during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Increased estrogen levels throughout puberty may alter the size and structure of the eye, which may result in nearsightedness or farsightedness. These alterations may also raise the chance of contracting diseases like keratoconus or dry eye syndrome.
Elevated amounts of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy cause abnormalities in the cornea, lens, and retina. Temporary vision alterations like blurriness, light sensitivity, or difficulties seeing at night may result from these changes. Pregnancy can occasionally raise your risk of getting diseases like gestational diabetes, which can harm your eyes.
The drop in estrogen levels that occurs after menopause can result in dry eye syndrome, which can be uncomfortable, impaired vision, and corneal damage. The risk of getting cataracts, macular degeneration, and other age-related eye disorders can also rise after menopause.
In general, women should get routine eye exams throughout their lifetimes, but especially during these times of hormonal transition, to make sure that any abnormalities in vision or eye health are quickly identified and treated.
TIPS TO MAINTAIN OPTIMAL EYE HEALTH
- Protect your eyes from the sun: The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause cataracts and macular degeneration, so it’s essential to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat to provide additional protection.
- Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens, can help maintain eye health. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and flaxseed, can also help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
- Quit smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, other eye diseases, and overall health.
- Give your eyes a break: Spending too much time in front of a computer or other digital device can cause eye strain and dry eyes. Take regular breaks to rest your eyes, blink frequently, and use artificial tears if needed.
- Practice good hygiene: Always wash your hands before touching your eyes or applying makeup. Avoid sharing makeup or makeup brushes with others, as this can lead to the spread of bacteria.
- Manage chronic conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions can increase the risk of eye disease. It’s essential to manage these conditions through proper diet, exercise, and medication to help protect your eyes.
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month serves as a reminder for women to prioritize their eye health and safety. By following these tips and getting regular eye exams, you can help maintain optimal eye health and prevent vision loss. Take charge of your eye health and protect your vision for years to come. Remember, your eyes are precious, so take care of them! To learn more or schedule an eye exam, call our office at 724-443-6767 or 724-226-0444.
About Bissell Eye Care: John D. Bissell, OD owns and operates Bissell Eye Care servicing Northern Pittsburgh and Alle-Kiski Valley regions. With two locations to treat patients, we offer evening and Saturday appointments. Bissell Eye Care provides comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family beginning as early as 6 months, ocular disease detection and treatment, eyeglasses, sunglasses, activewear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. We accept most types of vision and health insurance plans. For more information, visit bisselleyecare.com or call our Bakerstown Office at 724-443-6767 or Natrona Heights office at 724-226-0444.