Sharing health information to educate and empower women to preserve and take care of their vision
DID YOU KNOW WOMEN ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR EYE DISEASE AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS?
Women account for more than two-thirds of the world’s population of blind and visually impaired persons.A group of doctors and researchers created the Women’s Eye Health organization and website to provide the knowledge women need to understand their risk, protect their vision, improve their eyesight, and empower their families.This website is produced in partnership with the National Eye Health Education Program and Women in Ophthalmology and features content written by women for women.
UNDERSTAND YOUR RISK
The leading causes of blindness and low vision worldwide are cataracts, uncorrected refractive error, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).Worldwide more women than men are blind or have low vision due to cataracts and AMD. Dry eye disease and autoimmune diseases are also intrinsically more prevalent in women than in men.Because women in the United States, on average, live longer than men, they have a much greater prevalence of common, serious, age-related eye diseases, specifically AMD and glaucoma. Read more about each condition below.
PROTECT YOUR VISION
It’s been estimated that three-quarters of blindness and vision loss is either preventable or treatable. There are several lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk for eye disease.
IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT
Women may think they’re just too busy with children, jobs, or elder care to get an eye exam or new eyeglasses. But poor vision can wreak havoc on your physical and mental well-being.
EMPOWER YOUR FAMILY
Did you know many of the same steps you can take to protect your own vision extend to protecting the vision of your loved ones?