Eye Health Care

The former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, has recently said, “Women are so busy taking care of their families, their jobs, and their lives that they don’t always have time to think about their own health.” This is certainly true when it comes to their own eye health. A busy woman may take her child for a pediatric checkup that includes a vision screening, may make sure her elderly mother gets treatment for macular degeneration, and yet neglect her own eye health.

Save your sight—get tested! This means you should learn which eye diseases you may be prone to because of heredity (like glaucoma), diabetes (retinopathy and cataracts), or advancing age (such as age-related macular degeneration). Get tested for them and get treated! Refractive errors and cataracts are particularly easy to treat. Even with no history of disease, everyone over 50 or so should get regular eye examinations. It has been estimated that one-half of visual impairment is correctable and that one-quarter of it is preventable.

Women’s Eye Health