HOW WOMEN CAN BETTER PROTECT THEIR EYES

Dr. Jim Martin 04/06/2016

women-generations.pngThere are obvious differences between genders, but one that often surprises people is that women are more prone to suffering eye diseases than men. Therefore, as a woman, you should always take the extra step when it comes to eye care including lifestyle changes that positively affect not only your eyes but your overall health. With April being Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, there's no better time to look at how you can protect your eyes.

Education

A great place to start is by educating yourself. Make sure you understand the risk factors, such as your family health history. Is there a history of eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration in your family? If detected early, many sight-threatening diseases can be treated. Also, know what autoimmune diseases women are more prone to have, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, which negatively affect your vision. Understanding other factors, such as what treatments are covered by your insurance, are similarly important.

Lifestyle Choices

Making important lifestyle choices can go a long way toward helping you maintain healthy vision and eyes.

Smoking

There's no denying the negative impact smoking has on your overall health, from cancer, to lung and heart disease, to a myriad of health problems that can shorten your lifespan. There's also strong evidence that smoking can cause age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy.

Excess Weight

Maintaining a healthy body weight is another important thing you can do for your overall health, including the health of your eyes. Being overweight can lead to type 2 diabetes, which in turn causes diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. There's also evidence that it can lead to hypertensive retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Poor Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and studies have shown that foods containing certain vitamins, carotenoids and antioxidants can help protect you from eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.

Too Much Sunlight

Some studies have shown that exposure to strong sunlight for long periods of time can accelerate the progression of cataracts. You can protect yourself by wearing UV protected sunglasses and hats with brims when you're out in the sun. You should protect your children's eyes in a similar way, as well.

Maintaining good vision and eye health requires regular eye examinations. The professionals at Broome Optical of Amarillo can make sure you're getting the best eye care possible.  Call for an appointment today!

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