Women are at higher risk for visual impairment and blindness.
Here are the facts:
|2/3 of blindness and visual impairment occur in women.|
|2.7 million: # of women age 40 and older who are visually impaired.|
|Women & Eye Diseases: Women have greater instances of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract.|
Women have greater instances of eye disorders because they:
- Live longer.
- Are at greater risk for autoimmune diseases.
- Are more likely to undergo certain cancer treatments that may affect vision.
- Experience normal age-related hormonal changes that may affect their eyes.
As women age, it is increasingly important to have regular eye exams to detect age-related eye diseases early. You can take steps to care for and protect your eyes by:
- Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
- Living a healthy lifestyle.
- Knowing your family healthy history.
- Using protective eyewear.
- Wearing sunglasses.
Hear from NEI's Healthy Vision Month Ambassadors who take steps to protect their eyes or encourage others to do so.
“All my adult life, I've been diligent about getting my annual eye exam. Although I don’t have a family history of eye disease, my most recent check-up with a new doctor led to a life changing experience.” - Kim, 51, insurance claims specialist
Check out NEI's video with Dr. Rachel Bishop and women committed to eye health!