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Women’s Eye Safety and Eye Health Month



Did you know that women are ⅔ more likely to experience vision issues compared to men? Women often have a longer life expectancy which means that they are at greater risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, and vision problems that can be caused by thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases and fluctuating hormones. The change in hormones when women are pregnant can sometimes cause changes in vision. These changes are often temporary until after the baby is born, however, those with pre-existing eye conditions should consult with their eye doctor to help monitor their eye health.


As women, we often focus most of our energy on those around us, whether that is spouses, children, or other dependent family members. However, it is extremely important for women to get regular eye exams to ensure that their eyes are in good health.


Some tips for healthier eyes:


  • Safe makeup practices - Make sure to remove it before bed. Sleeping with makeup on can cause infection and corneal scratches. - DO NOT share eye makeup with others - Stop using expired makeup. Makeup that is expired can lead to eye infections and irritation.  * Eyeliner and mascara: Replace every three months * Eyeshadow: Replace every 1-2 years, depending on the cleanliness of the palette. * Brushes and applicators: Wash weekly and replace every 1-5 years.

  • If getting false lashes, make sure you are getting them done by someone who is properly trained and reputable. Getting false lashes can trap dirt and bacteria, leading to infection.


  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays



  • Get regular eye exams to maintain long term eye health - If there is a family history of Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, it is especially important to have eyes tested regularly as only your eye doctor can request the tests required to rule out these conditions. - Patients with Diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease and/or hormonal problems are at higher risk for retinal disease and dry eyes so it is important to have regular eye exams.

  • If using contact lenses, make sure you are taking breaks to allow your eyes to get oxygen. Make sure you are caring for your contact lenses properly and only using them for the recommended amount of time (monthly vs daily lenses).



  • Maintain a healthy diet including leafy greens, fruits, and food rich in Omega 3 (salmon and Tuna)



  • If spending lots of time on screens make sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, tae a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.


In conclusion, women are statistically more susceptible to vision issues due to factors such as longer life expectancy and hormonal changes. It's imperative for women to prioritize their eye health through regular check-ups and adopting healthy practices. Simple steps like safe makeup practices, wearing sunglasses, and following the 20-20-20 rule can significantly contribute to maintaining good vision. Let's remember to take care of ourselves amidst our busy lives and ensure that our eyes remain a priority for long-term wellness


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