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?

About Us

Women’s Eye Health formed in 2001 in response to the troubling reality that more than two-thirds of the world’s population of blind and visually impaired persons are women.
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.

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Events

May 1-5, 2016: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA

  • Annual Luncheon Meeting, Sunday, May 1, 1:30-3:00 pm, Room 201
  • Exhibitor Booth to distribute educational materials on eye health and inform attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health, booth 920.


May 3-7, 2015: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Denver, CO
Sponsored an exhibit to disseminate educational materials on eye health and inform attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health organization. Hosted our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

November 14-16, 2014: APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA
Sponsored an exhibit to disseminate educational materials on eye health and inform attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health organization.

May 4-8, 2014: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Orlando, FL
Sponsored an exhibit (Booth #127) to distribute educational materials on eye health and inform attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health organization. Hosted our Annual Luncheon Meeting, Sunday, May 4, 1:30-3:00 pm. Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), South Building, Room S 321.

November 2-6, 2013: 141st Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition, Boston, MA
Sponsored an exhibit to disseminate educational materials on eye health and informed attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health organization.

May 5-9, 2013: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Seattle, WA
Sponsored an exhibit to disseminate educational materials on eye health and inform attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health organization. Held our Annual Advisory Board/Executive Committee Luncheon on May 6, 2013. Click here to see videos.

October 14, 2010: World Sight Day

May 3-7, 2009: 2009 ARVO Education course Reducing Sex and Gender Disparities in Eye Disease and Treatment

May 9 and 10, 2008:
Women’s Eye Health.org, in conjunction with Lions Clubs International Foundation, contributed to a second Radio Media Tour in honor of Mother’s Day, via communications company North American Network, Inc.  WEH.org members Janine Smith and Ilene Gipson entertained questions from a number of talk show hosts regarding women’s eye health and the importance of appropriate eye examinations. There were 1,335 verified station and network affiliate airings, reaching approximately 2 million people.

May 23, 2006: Afternoon of Vision and Beauty
Women’s Eye Health.org hosted an AFTERNOON OF VISION AND BEAUTY, held at the studio of famed makeup artist David Nicholas.The event included a catered reception, a raffle for a free makeup session with David Nicholas, and a demonstration by David of the “Totally Touch Technique,” which he designed to help visually impaired women apply their own makeup.

May 5, 2005:
Women’s Eye Health.org, in conjunction with the Lions Eye Health Program, contributed to a Radio Media Tour in honor of Mother’s Day via communications company Ketchum, Inc.  Debra Schaumberg, a member of WEH.org, entertained questions from a number of talk show hosts (each interview approximately 3 to 5 minutes in length) regarding women’s eye health and the importance of appropriate eye examinations. Approximately 600 radio stations and 12 million people were reached.

April 25-28, 2004:
At the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sponsored an exhibit to disseminate educational materials on women’s eye health and inform meeting attendees about the mission of the Women’s Eye Health,org. Co-organized a symposium entitled: “Sex-based Biology in Ocular Disease and Treatment”

Aug. 29-Sep 3, 2004: At the XVI International congress of Eye Research; Sydney, Australia
Co-organized a symposium entitled: “Sex Differences in Ocular Surface Biology”

November 7, 2003:
Organized the first international symposium on “Improving Women’s Eye Health: Strategies to Address the Greater Burden of Blindness Among Women,” held at the Harvard Club of Boston.

 

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