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Women and Eye Care

The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among women is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, particularly in aging women. In fact, studies indicate that most women over the age of 40 exhibit some sort of visual impairment, and are at risk of developing conditions including but not limited to dry eyes, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. It's worth noting that the chance of women being diagnosed with vision impairments has become more common as a result of the female population's increasing lifespan.

As a woman, the first step to take to guarantee strong sight is to make a thorough eye test part of your normal health check up. Be sure to go get a full eye test before you turn 40, and that you adhere to the advice your eye care professional encourages. Additionally, know your family history, as your genetics are an important factor in understanding, diagnosing and preventing eye diseases. Be sure to examine your family's medical history and alert your eye doctor of any conditions present themselves.

When it comes to nutrition, maintain a healthful, well-balanced diet and make sure to include foods containing zinc, omega-3 fats and beta carotene, all which help protect against eyesight loss as a result of eye disease. You can also take vitamin C, riboflavin and vitamin A tablets, which are all good starting points to managing optimal eye health.

For women who smoke, make a commitment to quit, because even second-hand smoke can add to the danger of eye disease and is a proven factor in the macular degeneration that can come with aging (AMD) and cataracts. Ultraviolet rays, which can also be a party to the development of cataracts and AMD, are very harmful for your eyes. When outside, and not just during the summer, don't forget to put on 100% UV protective sunglasses and a sun hat that will protect your eyes from the sun.

Changes in hormone levels, like those that occur during pregnancy or menopause, can also affect your sight. Sometimes, these changes can even make the use of contacts less effective or uncomfortable to wear. If you're pregnant, you may want to reduce contact lens wearing time and alter your eyeglass prescription as needed. It's worthwhile to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor during your pregnancy to talk about any eyesight or vision changes you may be noticing.

There are also precautions to take to shield your eyes from dangers at home, like cleaning supplies. Be sure that domestic chemicals, including cleaning agents, bleach and pesticides are kept safely and are locked away from small children. Scrub your hands thoroughly after working with all chemicals and use eye protection if employing the use of strong chemicals. Wear proper safety goggles when repairing things at home, especially when working with wood, metal or power tools.

When used carelessly, eye makeup might also be a safety hazard for your eyes. Particularly when it comes to eye makeup, you should never use anyone else's products. Avoid using old makeup and discard anything that's older than four months, especially anything that's aqueous. Look out for abnormal reactions and cease use immediately if you notice pain, itchiness or redness in or around the eyes. Be aware also that you might develop allergic reactions to make up you've been buying for years. And of course, be sure to avoid actual contact with the eye when applying eye makeup.

Women need to be educated about the dangers and considerations when it comes to caring for your eyes. And also, it can't hurt to inform the women you know, like your daughters and friends, on the best ways to protect their eye and vision health.