What You Need to Know About Women’s Eye Health

You probably discovered at a young age that your mom had eyes in the back of her head. (They can see everything. It’s unreal.) But did you know that women are affected by eye disease more than men? Two thirds of blind people are women. Cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and even dry eyes are all more common in women than in men, according to VSP® Vision Care. The hormonal changes a woman experiences throughout her life are to blame for these eye diseases. Hormonal fluctuations, fertility treatments and breast cancer treatments can cause increased eye sensitivity, dry eye and cataracts. Light sensitivity, vision loss and dry eyes can all be a result of diabetes. Prevent Blindness America has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to encourage women to make their vision health a priority and schedule a dilated eye exam. Share this information with the women in your life to help them stay healthy!

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