|04/2018 APRIL EDITION
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. While all women are different, they all have one thing in common: an increased risk for eye diseases.
Did you know?
Protect your vision health:
Women’s Eye Health: Aging and Our Eyes
As we age, our eyes age too. Women 50 years and older are at an increased risk for age-related macular degeneration. Additionally, women going through menopause and in postmenopause are more likely to experience dry eye.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?
Age-related macular degeneration affects the macula of the eye, the area that focuses on central vision. Caucasian women are at the highest risk for AMD as they age. AMD can lead to severe visual impairment and vision loss.
Prevention and Treatment of AMD
There is no way to prevent AMD, but there is a way to prevent serious vision loss from the disease: receiving dilated eye exams as recommended by your eye doctor.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or the consistency of tears is not effective in lubricating the eye. Symptoms of dry eye include: burning or stinging of the eyes, a sandy/gritty feeling in the eye, blurred vision, and excess tear production followed by extreme dry periods.
Prevention and Treatment of Dry Eye
While there is no cure for dry eye, there are methods people can use to decrease the severity of the symptoms:
Pregnancy and Your Vision
If you are pregnant, it is important to be aware of your vision health. Due to frequent fluctuating blood sugar levels and hormonal changes, pregnant women are at an increased risk for vision complications.
It is highly recommended that women receive a dilated eye exam during the first trimester of their pregnancy to ensure their vision is healthy. Your eye doctor may decide to continue dilated eye exams throughout the pregnancy.
Cosmetics and Your Vision
Some women have had the same makeup in their makeup drawers for years. Eye makeup, including eyeliner and mascara, should be replaced every 4-6 months. Eye shadow has a longer shelf life and should be replaced every year. This helps prevent bacteria from forming in your makeup. If you notice any burning, itching, or watering from your eyes, wash your makeup off immediately and throw it away. This could be a sign of an infection and if not treated, could lead to vision problems.
Dilated Eye Exams
To prevent eye diseases and vision complications from occurring, women should receive dilated eye exams as recommended by their eye doctor. Vision loss can be prevented through early detection at regular, dilated eye exams and early treatment. Dilated eye exams are the only way to check the entire health of the eye, making it one of the first lines of defense against eye diseases and preventable vision loss.
OCuSOFT, Inc. Support
OCuSOFT Inc., a company dedicated to supplying safe eye and skin care products to patients and the vision world, is donating up to $50,000 to Prevent Blindness during the month of April. With every online purchase, 10% is donated to Prevent Blindness.
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