April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.
The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among the female population is becoming more common, more notably in middle-aged women. In fact, studies show that large numbers of women aged 40 and above exhibit some type of eyesight impairment, and risk developing conditions like cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma and diabetes-related retinopathy. It's worth noting that the chance of women being diagnosed with vision impairments has increased as a result of women's growing lifespan.
For women, an important step you can take to guarantee healthy vision is to make an extensive eye examination part of your normal health check up. Make sure to go get a full eye checkup before reaching the age of forty, and that you follow up with the advice your eye care professional recommends. Also, be aware of your family history, because your genetics are a highly relevant detail of comprehending, diagnosing and stopping eye diseases.
In addition, maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet and make sure to include foods full of beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, which all help guard from eyesight loss as a result of eye disease. It's recommended that you also take vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C tablets, as they are all great starting points to keeping up optimal eye health.
For smokers, make a decision to quit, as even second-hand smoke can raise the danger of eye disease and is a common cause of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), as well as cataracts. Ultraviolet rays, which can also lead to the development of cataracts and AMD, are very dangerous to your eyes. When you go outside, and not just during the summer, don't forget to wear complete UV blocking sunglasses as well as a sun hat that will shield your eyes from harsh rays.
Changes in hormone levels, such as those that take place when a woman goes through pregnancy or menopause, can also affect your sight. Sometimes, these changes can even make contacts less effective or uncomfortable to wear. If you're pregnant, you might want to decrease lens wearing time and adjust your eyeglass prescription if necessary. It's recommended to schedule an appointment with your eye care professional at some point during your pregnancy to discuss any eye or vision differences you may be experiencing.
It is also important to shield your eyes from risks at home, like domestic cleaners. Be sure that domestic chemicals, including cleaners, bleach and fertilizers are stored safely and are out of reach of small children. Clean your hands properly after touching all chemicals and invest in eye protection if employing the use of toxic chemicals. Wear safety goggles when fixing things in your house, especially when working with wood, metal or power tools.
As a woman, it is important to be educated about the dangers and options when it comes to your eye care. And also, it can't hurt to inform the other women in your life, such as daughters and friends, on the best ways to protect their eye and vision health.