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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Prevention and Care

Do you know the warning signs of eye disease in adults and children?It has been estimated that three-quarters of blindness and vision loss is either preventable or treatable. You can optimize your eye health by practicing a healthy lifestyle, having regular eye exams, and protecting your eyes from injury.

Knowledge is Key!

Did you know that the risk factors for premature death due to heart disease or cancer are the same as those for blindness and vision impairment? These factors include smoking, excess weight, imbalanced, unhealthy diet; lack of exercise and exposure to UV rays.

Do you know your family health history? Is your family prone to certain eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration? If found early, many sight-threatening diseases can be treated. Do you know what to expect as your eyes age? What eye diseases are women more prone to have? How does your health affect your eyes?

Do you know how to take care of your eyes and those of your family? When to visit an eye doctor? What steps to take to prevent eye injury? When and how to get eyeglasses? What treatments might be covered by your insurance?

Do you know the warning signs of eye disease in adults and children?

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